Run for Office

To become a candidate on the ballot, you must:

  • be a registered voter in the district
  • meet the qualifications for the office at the time of filing
  • follow the steps below

Steps to Become a Candidate 

1. Choose an Open Office 

You can find open positions in the 2023 Candidate Guide or Scheduled Races.

Click here for a list of candidates who have filed. 

Candidates may file for only one office. 

2. File for Office (May 15-19, 2023)

Filing is open from 9 a.m. May 15 to 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in person) May 19. 

Candidates for offices that file with Snohomish County may file: 

Candidate filings are processed during business hours. Once your candidacy has been approved, you will be on the ballot unless a Withdrawal of Candidacy form is received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 22.

3. Declare Your Candidacy with the PDC (within two weeks of starting campaign)

Once you publicly announce your candidacy or organize a campaign committee, you have two weeks to make a formal declaration of candidacy with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)

4. Submit Your Candidate Statement

Let voters know about you and your qualifications by submitting a candidate statement and photo to be published in the local voters' pamphlet. A submission link will be sent via email once your filing has been approved. Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) candidates do not submit candidate statements or photos. Statements and photos are due by 5 p.m. May 26, 2023.

See the 2023 Candidate Guide and Local Voters' Pamphlet Administrative Rules for information about submission requirements.

Snohomish County Elections presents virtual and in-person candidate workshops and hosts a campaign finance seminar by the Public Disclosure Commission. Click here for printable flyer (PDF)

Watch a recording of the 2023 Candidate Workshop here.

View the 2023 Candidate Workshop slideshow here (PDF).

Write-in Candidates

Did you miss candidate filing week? You may file as a Write-in Candidate until 8 p.m. on Election Day. A fee is required if filing within 18 days of an election.

Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (PDF)

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