2021 Filing Week Update from NPI
2021 Filing Week Update from NPI

Wel­come to Fil­ing Week 2021!

Today through Fri­day, the Sec­re­tary of State and coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office at the local level.

This is an odd num­bered year, which means that cities and char­ter coun­ties like King and Sno­homish will have leg­isla­tive and exec­u­tive posi­tions on the bal­lot, along with some judi­cial posi­tions. School dis­tricts, ports, and oth­er local gov­ern­ments across the state will also be hold­ing elec­tions this year.

This post is the first in a series of Fil­ing Week reports we’ll be bring­ing you at reg­u­lar inter­vals until the close of fil­ing at 5 PM on the final day of the workweek.

Browse current candidate filings by county

Coun­ties are list­ed in order of pop­u­la­tion, not alphabetically

LewisClal­lamChelanGrays Har­borMason
Wal­la WallaWhit­manKit­ti­tasStevensDou­glas
AdamsSan JuanPend OreilleSka­ma­niaLin­coln

Notable filings

  • Seat­tle: Coun­cilmem­ber Tere­sa Mosque­da has drawn sev­er­al chal­lengers, which is inter­est­ing, because the oth­er at-large posi­tion is an open seat due to Lore­na Gon­za­lez’s deci­sion to run for mayor.
  • Red­mond: Melis­sa Stu­art is run­ning for the posi­tion cur­rent­ly held by Tani­ka Pad­hye. She’s the first can­di­date to file in Red­mond this cycle. NPI under­stands she has pre­vi­ous­ly served as a Red­mond Library trustee.
  • King Coun­ty: Even before Fil­ing Week, chal­lengers had emerged to near­ly every incum­bent coun­cilmem­ber, and sev­er­al of them wast­ed no time in fil­ing, like Sarah Per­ry, who is run­ning against Kathy Lam­bert. For the first time in a long time, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty has a chal­lenger to each of the Repub­li­can coun­cilmem­bers who is either an elect­ed offi­cial or has deep polit­i­cal expe­ri­ence as an activist and an organizer.
  • Sno­homish Coun­ty: Incum­bent Repub­li­can Sam Low has a Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger: Brandy Don­aghy. Low filed this morn­ing and Don­aghy filed this after­noon. Don­aghy is a real­ly impres­sive can­di­date. She is a Navy vet­er­an with a his­to­ry of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice and neigh­bor­hood orga­niz­ing. She has a B.A. in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion from UW Both­ell. She is endorsed by State House Speak­er Pro Tem John Lovick and Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Den­ny Heck along with State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive April Berg and Sno­homish Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­bers Mea­gan Dunn and Jared Mead.
  • Edmonds: Three con­tenders have declared for Posi­tion #2 on the first day of fil­ing: Luke Dis­tel­horst, Will Chen, and Janelle Cass. Two can­di­dates filed for Posi­tion #3: Adri­enne Fra­ley Monil­las and Neil Tib­bott.
  • What­com Coun­ty: The only coun­ty-lev­el race with mul­ti­ple can­di­dates in it so far is for Coun­cil Dis­trict #3. Fred Rinard and Rebec­ca Lewis are the con­tenders. Like King Coun­ty, What­com Coun­ty is a home-rule coun­ty with a char­ter. It elects coun­cilmem­bers in odd-num­bered years.
  • Camas: Two can­di­dates have declared for May­or, Jen­nifer Senes­cu and Steven C. Hogan. This is a spe­cial elec­tion for an unex­pired term.
  • Van­cou­ver: Three can­di­dates are already in the race for Posi­tion #1: Mike Pond, John Blom, and Kim D. Har­less.
  • Forks: There’s plen­ty of fil­ing action in this small Clal­lam Coun­ty town out on the Wash­ing­ton coast. Two coun­cil races and the may­oral race are already each con­test­ed… and there’s four days of fil­ing left.

Upcoming deadlines and important dates

Fil­ing Week will con­tin­ue until this Fri­day, as men­tioned above.

Key dates after that:

The Top Two elec­tion will begin in July, with bal­lots expect­ed to land around July 16th. Vot­ing will con­clude on Tues­day, August 3rd at 8 PM.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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