Here’s how to Run for Office in King County


Running for office can be a daunting, even intimidating process. There are so many questions a first-time candidate has to think about: What’s a filing fee? How long can I have campaign signs up? What are the public disclosure requirements? Fortunately, we make it easy to run for office in King County. First, everything you need to know is on our Running for Office page online. Second, you can actually file your candidacy online and avoid a trip to our office.

But to get answers to some of your most pressing questions, come talk to the experts at any of our free workshops about running for office. You’ll learn about:

  • Offices up for election (there are about 330 offices up for election this year!)
  • How to become a candidate
  • Filing fees
  • Basic campaign finance information
  • Campaign signs
  • Candidate statements for the voter’s pamphlet

Information about our upcoming workshops is below. Remember to RSVP!

If you have any questions about candidate filing or our workshops, give us a call at (206) 296-1565. 

Kent Library
212 2nd Ave N, Kent, WA 98032
Saturday, March 2
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Sammamish Library
825 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
Tuesday, March 5
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155
Wednesday, March 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Auburn Library
1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002
Monday, March 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Redmond Regional Library
15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052
Monday, April 1
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
King County Elections
919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
Saturday, April 6
1 – 3 p.m.
King County Elections
919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
Saturday, April 20
10 a.m. – 12 noon