File to run for election in local races by June 10

May 31, 2011

By Staff

The deadline is approaching for people to run for City Council, Issaquah School Board and King County offices.

Candidates can file in person at King County Elections headquarters from 8:30 a.m. June 6 until 4:30 p.m. June 10. If a candidate opts to file by mail, the elections office must receive his or her material by the June 10 deadline. Candidates can also file online at the elections office’s website until 4 p.m. June 10.

Candidates must pay a filing fee at the time of entering the race. Most races require a filing fee equal to 1 percent of the annual salary of the office. The filing fee is nonrefundable.

Candidates can instead submit a filing fee petition containing the valid signatures of registered voters from the jurisdiction, such as a city or school district. The number of signatures should be equal to the dollar amount of the filing fee; one signature is equal to $1.

The elections office holds a drawing after 5 p.m. June 10 to determine candidates’ placement on the ballot.

Candidates can withdraw from the ballot through June 16.

The primary election is Aug. 16 and the general election is Nov. 8.

In local races, Issaquah councilmen Fred Butler and Joshua Schaer already announced plans to run for re-election. Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, appointed to the board in March after Maureen McCarry resigned due to health problems, is in the race, too. Council President John Traeger opted out of another term April 28, and endorsed candidate Paul Winterstein for the post. So far, no one else has entered a council race.

Members serve at large and represent the entire city, rather than specific neighborhoods or defined geographic areas.

The ballot also contains the school board seats held by Jan Woldseth-Colbrese, Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver. State campaign finance records show no one has filed for the open board seats.

Unlike council members, school board members represent a defined geographic area. The district is in the process of updating the area boundaries to account for 2010 Census data. Issaquah School District administrators recommended board candidates confirm the boundaries before filing as a candidate.

In addition to the local races, the ballot includes countywide races for assessor and elections director.

On the Web

Find a 2011 candidate manual and detailed instructions about filing for local office at the King County Elections website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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