Editorial: Candidates wanted, filing dates near

May 6, 2014

By Staff

There is still time left to consider filing for an elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This year’s elections could give you a chance to effect change on the state and national level.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives is up for election this year, in addition to a number of seats in the state Senate.

For those who prefer elections with a more legal bent, the county’s prosecuting attorney will stand for election this year, along with three seats on the State Supreme Court and three appeals court judgeships.

And for those who’d like to commute to the other Washington, the entire U.S. House of Representatives is on the ballot.

Lots of people will complain about what’s wrong with their town, school, county or country — and about those who are responsible.

But not a lot of people are willing to kiss their private lives goodbye to accept the time-consuming commitment — not only to go through a campaign, but then to attend countless meetings, read the incredible amount of documents you’ll need to understand and keep in touch with constituents through other community involvement. That’s the often-thankless job of an elected official.

But it can also be the most rewarding job you’ll ever take on, helping guide the community through sound policy, helping citizen voices be heard, and making a difference for countless citizens of today and tomorrow.

Citizens willing to step up to the challenge can file for office May 12-16. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections/candidatefiling.aspx, where you can find out how to file, how to get into the voters’ pamphlets, what the campaign sign rules are, and what information you need for reporters and the public when they come calling.

If you are one of many who decide the task is too big for your life, don’t let the campaign process pass you by. Find a candidate you can support and then do it. Whether writing a check or doorbelling to spread the word, you can be part of something grand — something we call democracy.


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