Candidates for fall elections must file by Friday

While election season might seem months away, this week’s filing of official paperwork is crucial to the entire process.

On the Plateau and throughout the state of Washington, May 15-19 is the official filing week. Anyone wishing to run for office must file either in person or online by the close of business Friday.

Despite this being an off-year election with no congressional or statewide races on the ballot, the coming primary and general elections will shape the face of local communities for years to come.

“It might be considered an off-year election, however these elections can impact people as much as a big presidential election year, if not more,” said Lori Augino, director of the state’s Elections Division.

Across the Evergreen State, there are more than 3,100 offices up for grabs this fall — everything from leadership in cities and schools to fire departments and sewer districts.

Locally, voters will determine two seats in the 31st Legislative District. Even closer to home, voters will choose mayors in Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Black Diamond, Buckley, Sumner, South Prairie and Wilkeson. Each of those cities and towns also has City Council positions to be decided.

All the local school districts will have board positions on the ballot, as will the Enumclaw Fire Department and East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

How many candidates will step forward and run for the various openings? That will be decided by 5 p.m. Friday.