Today marks the end of filing week for candidates wishing to run for political office. In Pierce County, 258 candidates signed up by this afternoon’s deadline.
That’s a lot of people, but considering that there are almost 200 open slots, it means that most candidates will run unopposed.
Some quick hits:
• Out of 84 city and town races, 24 are contested and 10 have more than two candidates, requiring a primary.
• Out of the 46 school board races, 18 are contested and six will have a primary.
• Incumbents in the Pierce County Superior Court judgeship and two Port of Tacoma seats will have no opposition.
A handful of offices drew no candidates – including school board positions in Eatonville and Orting and board positions in several water, sewer and fire districts. The county auditor’s office will set a special filing period for those offices.
The full list is below, with candidates who filed since 5 p.m. yesterday in bold.