Filing for state elections starts next week

Candidate Filing Week, the start of the 2013 campaign season, is coming soon.

For candidates throughout Washington, including local offices and three State Senate seats, it all begins Monday morning with the launch of Filing Week.

For state offices, online filing begins Monday at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Friday, May 17.

Candidates file with either the Secretary of State or the County Auditor, depending on the office. If you’re running for a legislative or judicial office encompassing more than one county, you file with the Secretary of State. You can file online, by mail, or in person.

All declarations must be received by the end of the business day on May 17. May 20 is the last day for candidates to withdraw.

For those planning to run for Appeals Court judge or Superior Court judge this year, Gov. Inslee has signed a Top 2 elections bill into law that requires the two primary favorites for each race for Supreme Court, Appeals Court and Superior Court to advance to the 2013 General Election ballot.

For more information, visit www.sos.wa.gov/elections/

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