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Filing for office in Pierce County? This year, you can do it from home, or a coffee shop, or … anywhere; just have your credit card ready

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on June 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm with No Comments »
June 3, 2010 5:29 pm

Pierce County wants to make it as easy as possible for prospective candidates to file paperwork to run for office, Elections Manager Mike Rooney told me during a tour of his offices this afternoon.

So beginning Monday – for the first time in Pierce County – candidates can file for election online. And it’s open 24 hours a day during filing week

All it takes is a computer, Internet access, the proper information at hand and a Visa or MasterCard, Rooney said.

If you planning to run for a county office – or even thinking about it – you can get information for candidates here.

Filing week begins Monday and ends Friday, June 11. You can file online by going here and following the link provided beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Online filing hours are 9 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday, June 11.

You’ll need to be a registered voter in the district or jurisdiction for which you’re filing; have a valid Visa or MasterCard with which to pay the fee; and have an e-mail address.

The filing fees for each office equal 1 percent of that position’s annual salary. For example, you’d need to pay $1,044.68 to run for a seat on the County Council.

Since you enter your own data, you’ll know it’s what you want, Rooney said. You’ll get an e-mail if someone files against you. And you’ll be able to submit a voters’ pamphlet statement and photograph online.

Other agencies in Washington, including the state already have online filing, Rooney said.

If you prefer the time-honored tradition of standing in line to file for office, you can do that from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day next week at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th St., Suite C, Tacoma.

Pierce County offices up for election this year include auditor, prosecuting attorney, County Council seats in the 1st, 5th and 7th districts, and a number of judgeships.

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