Run for Office
Interested in running for public office in 2021? 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 Office
Research open positions to see which office(s) you qualify for, who is currently in office, what the officials do, and how much it costs to file. Candidates may file for only one office.
2. Declare Your Candidacy (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).
3. File for Office and Pay Any Filing Fees (May 17-21)
Now that you know which office you are running for, you must file for office during filing week, May 17-21. This activity is done online and places your name on the ballot.
Click here to file for office
(active from 9 a.m. May 17 through 4 p.m. May 21)
Filings will be approved during business hours. Online filing is preferred. See the Candidate Guide for alternate filing methods.
4. Submit Your Candidate Statement (by May 28)
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.
Snohomish County Elections Virtual Candidate Workshops
You're invited to attend one of the following virtual workshops focused on filing and running for office in Snohomish County:
Can't make it to a live session? A recorded version is available here.
- Offices up for Election Note: City of Bothell and Northshore School District offices file with King County and are not on the list
- Candidates Who Filed
- 2021 Candidate Guide (PDF)
- Campaign finance reporting
- Campaign sign information
- Local Voters’ Pamphlet Administration Rules (PDF)
- Confirm your registration and eligible districts