Last week was Filing Week- the one-week filing period for candidates- at the Washington State Elections Division and county election offices. Hundreds of candidates filed for 364 offices ranging from the U.S. Senate and Governor to statewide offices and legislative seats.
The results of Filing Week indicated a high turnover in statewide offices, the congressional delegation and the Legislature. Almost twenty-five candidates filed for open seats in the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Auditor offices alone. In addition approximately twenty candidates are in the running for open seats in the 1st and 6th U.S. House Districts and the new 10th District. Finally there is a slew of new candidates running for the state legislature, with nearly two dozen incumbents leaving the state House and Senate.
This Monday marked the final day for candiates to withdraw and the final list of candidates is now official as of Tuesday.
The next step is Washington’s Top Two Primary on August 7. Primary ballots will go out to voters by July 20.