2024 Filing Week Update from NPI
NPI's Filing Week series is a special annual weeklong series of dispatches that analyzes candidate filings

Wel­come to Fil­ing Week 2024!

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 fed­er­al, state, and local levels.

This is a pres­i­den­tial year, which means we’ll have a huge num­ber of statewide races, includ­ing for U.S. Sen­ate, State Supreme Court, Gov­er­nor, and eight oth­er posi­tions in our exec­u­tive depart­ment. We’ll also be elect­ing all ten of our U.S. House posi­tions, most of our state leg­isla­tive posi­tions, and most coun­ty posi­tions plus pub­lic util­i­ty dis­trict com­mis­sion seats in those coun­ties that have PUDs.

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.

Key statistics from today

  • 421 offices are on the bal­lot this year and 563 can­di­dates have filed for them so far
  • 24 can­di­dates have filed for fed­er­al office
  • 33 can­di­dates have filed for statewide office
  • 160 can­di­dates have filed for leg­isla­tive positions
  • 346 can­di­dates have filed for local and judi­cial positions

Notable filings

  • Tiffany Smi­ley (R) has decid­ed to take on U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dan New­house in Wash­ing­ton’s 4th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. See our sto­ry for more details.
  • Brad Hawkins (R) acci­den­tal­ly filed for State Sen­ate after hav­ing pub­licly declared that he would be run­ning for coun­ty com­mis­sion instead. He’s already with­drawn that filing.
  • Bob Hag­glu­nd (R), who was run­ning for Sec­re­tary of State, has switched to run­ning for Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor. (Anoth­er Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State can­di­date, Phil For­tu­na­to, has also piv­ot­ed away from chal­leng­ing Steve Hobbs and is now a can­di­date for Insur­ance Commissioner.)
  • Patrick “Pat” Har­man (R) has filed for Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor as a “Lib­er­al Repub­li­can.” Now there’s an oxy­moron. (Under the Top Two sys­tem, can­di­dates can use what­ev­er label they’d like, even if it does­n’t cor­re­spond to a real polit­i­cal par­ty or polit­i­cal movement).
  • Michelle Adams has filed to run for Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court, for the posi­tion being vacat­ed by long­time Jus­tice Susan Owens, who isn’t run­ning again.
  • Paul Giesick has filed to chal­lenge Maria Cantwell for U.S. Sen­ate. He iden­ti­fies as a Demo­c­rat, but his web­site makes it clear he does­n’t agree with the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s stance on repro­duc­tive rights and oth­er major issues.

Searchable table: Candidates who filed today

Below is a search­able table of all of the can­di­dates who filed today. Names with a blue back­ground iden­ti­fy as Democ­rats and names with a red back­ground iden­ti­fy as Repub­li­cans. Note that the table is also sortable — just click or tap on a col­umn header.

See the complete list of everyone who has filed

Want to see a com­pre­hen­sive list of all can­di­date fil­ings at the state lev­el? You can do so at the Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site. As the week goes on, you can also browse our archive of Fil­ing Week reports to see who filed for office at oth­er inter­vals.

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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