If you’re interested in running for one of the 134 offices up for election in Whatcom County this November, get ready to file your Declaration of Candidacy. Candidate filing week is May 13 – May 17.
County Auditor Debbie Adelstein advises prospective candidates, whether running for re-election or for the first time, to review the Candidate Filing Guide available on the Auditor’s website. The guide contains information candidates need to know before they file through to certification of the election. Requirements and regulations can change from year to year so this is a great resource, Auditor Adelstein said.
Candidates can file their Declaration of Candidacy online at: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/1891/File-for-Office. Online filing begins at 9:00 am, Monday, May 13, and closes at 4:00 pm, Friday, May 17.
Candidates may file in person at the Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham, but will be directed to a computer station to file their Declaration of Candidacy. In person filing opens May 13 at 8:30 am and ends May 17 at 4:30 pm.
A candidate may mail the Declaration of Candidacy form accompanied by the filing fee to the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, Election Division, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filings can be received by mail beginning April 29 but will not be processed until official filing week. Filings must be received no later than 4:30 pm on May 17. Any filing received before April 29 or after the deadline will be rejected and returned to the candidate.