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Candidate filing starts Monday for local offices

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on May 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm with No Comments »
May 8, 2013 2:34 pm

Candidate filing starts Monday for City and Town Councils, Port of Tacoma commissioners and a number of other local positions.

Filing week ends May 17. Candidates can file online or in-person with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

The primary election is Aug. 6. The general election is Nov. 5.

Here’s the county’s news release:

May 8, 2013

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

Offices open for election this year include:

· 26th Legislative District Senator – Files with the Office of the Secretary of State

· Port of Tacoma Commissioners

· City and Town Council Members

· School District Directors

· Fire District Commissioners

· Park and Recreation District Commissioners

· Water District Commissioners

· Sewer District Commissioners

Online candidate filing opens Monday, May 13 at 9 a.m. To file your declaration of candidacy go to piercecountyelections.org and choose the “Become a Candidate” link. Besides the candidate filing link, this site includes a list of open offices, filing fees, additional candidate information and will include a list of candidate filings.

After a candidate files for office, they will receive an email instructing them how to submit their picture and voter pamphlet statement online. Email updates will also be sent to a candidate as other candidates file against them.

“This truly is the year for citizens interested in participating in local government to get involved. Many local races in city government, school districts and fire districts are up for election this year. Filing your candidacy is the first step. We’re here to help you get off on the right foot,” said Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor.

Filing week runs through Friday, May 17. Online filing closes at 4 p.m. In-person filing ends at 4:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Election Center, located at 2501 South 35th St. Suite C in Tacoma.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is responsible for elections, licensing services, a variety of public records and animal control services.

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