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
- 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:
- Monday, May 24th, 2021 is the candidate withdrawal deadline
- Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 is the last day for Secretary of State to certify candidates to County Auditors.
- Friday, May 28th, 2021 is the date when candidate statements and photographs for the state voters’ pamphlet are due.
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.