The filing period for citizens wishing to become candidates for elective office is rapidly approaching. Candidates are strongly encouraged to file their declaration online. The online period to file a declaration of candidacy will be available at clark.wa.gov/elections beginning at 9 am, Monday, May 17 through 4 pm Friday, May 21, 2021.
To file online as a candidate, a citizen must have a valid email address and be registered to vote in the jurisdiction for which they are filing. Candidates will also be able to pay any applicable filing fees online using a valid Visa or MasterCard credit card.
The in-person period to file a declaration of candidacy will begin at 8 am, Monday, May 17 through 5 pm, Friday, May 21, 2021. Physical distancing requirements will be adhered to, with a limited number of candidates allowed at a time. Candidates wishing to file for office in person can do so at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin St. Credit cards are not accepted for payment when filing in person.
The offices open for candidate filing this year include judicial positions, city and town council positions including mayoral races, school district director positions, fire district commissioners, port district commissioners, cemetery and park district commissioners and a commissioner position in the Clark Regional Wastewater District.
For additional information about filing for elective office, along with a complete list of open offices and applicable filing fees, a copy of the "2021 Candidate Guide and Local Voters’ Pamphlet Specifications" can be found on the Clark County Elections Department website at clark.wa.gov/elections.
This year’s primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
On Friday, May 21, at approximately 5:30 pm, a public lot drawing will be conducted to determine ballot order for the races. This public drawing will be held at 1408 Franklin St. and may be witnessed by the news media, the public and by any candidate. Results of the lot draw will also be posted on our website.
To determine if you meet all of the qualifications to file for an elective office, you can contact the Clark County Elections Office by calling (564) 397-2345, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the office at 1408 Franklin St.
Greg Kimsey, Auditor, 564.397.2078
Cathie Garber, Elections director, 564.397.2345