Grays Harbor’s 2011 election season officially opens with the start of Candidate Filing Week on Monday, June 6, with candidates officially kicking off their campaigns. Candidates can file for office by using the Internet, in-person filing at the Auditor’s Office or submitting the declaration of candidacy via mail. The State’s chief elections officer says this year local races will dominate the ballot.
“Most of the offices up for election this year are for local positions,” said Secretary of State Sam Reed. “These are very important because they have a much more direct impact of citizens’ homes, roads, schools and communities than the even-year elections.”
Examples of the local offices are mayors, city council positions, and members of school boards and fire district boards. Reed encourages more local leaders to file for office.
“It’s disappointing when some elected positions have only one candidate,” Reed explained. “We need more local leaders to run for public office so voters have real choices. Being a candidate is another way for people to contribute to their communities and make a positive difference. If you have time, commitment and a passion for certain issues, I hope you will put them all to use by being a candidate.”