May 15, 2012
Ready to run for political office?
If you are interested in politics and want to make a difference at the state level, this is the week to take the next step. The deadline to file to run for the Washington State Legislature is May 18. From there, it’s full speed ahead to raise campaign funds, seek endorsements, doorbell the voters and recruit volunteers to put up yard signs for the next six months.
In Issaquah, there are two legislative districts — the 5th and 41st — with two House and one Senate seat per district. Of course, there are other state offices up for election in November, everything from governor to insurance commissioner, but the legislative seats are more local-centric.
If you come with a law enforcement background, the position of King County sheriff is seeking candidates. Or if you like real power, go for the 8th Congressional District seat, representing voters from Issaquah to Wenatchee.
All of these races need volunteers as much as they do candidates. Pick your favorite and lend a hand. It’s a great way to learn about the democratic process.
Prefer a closer-to-home run for City Council, mayor, school board or water commissioner? Start preparing, the 2013 campaign season will be here soon enough.