Deadline Friday for Benton, Franklin election filings

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldMay 10, 2013 

It might be an off year for federal and statewide elections, but plenty of local races are available to file for next week.

In Benton County, candidates can file for 57 races, while 49 positions are up for grabs in Franklin County. The contests include city council, school board and port commission elections, as well as a couple judgeships and a state senate seat election to fill unexpired terms.

In Franklin County, candidates may file in person with the county auditor's office starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday and concluding at 5 p.m. Friday. In-person filing takes place at the Franklin County Courthouse, 1016 N. Fourth Ave. in Pasco.

In Benton County, in-person filing is handled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at three auditor's offices locations: 5600 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick; 101 Wellsian Way, Suite E, in Richland; and 620 Market St. in Prosser.

Candidates may file online from 9 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday. Links to the state Secretary of State's website will be posted on the county auditors' websites starting Monday at www. bentonelections.com or www. co.franklin.wa.us/auditor.

Mail filings must be received by 5 p.m. Friday.

The only partisan seat on the ballot will be for state Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, who is running to fill out a full term after Benton County commissioners appointed her to replace Jerome Delvin in the Senate earlier this year after Delvin was elected a county commissioner.

All the races will require a primary election if more than two candidates file for a position. If three or more people file, a primary will take place Aug. 6 with the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 5 general election.

Filing fees are required with many of the positions.

For positions with a salary of more than $1,000, a fee equal to 1 percent of the annual salary is required. For jobs that pay less than $1,000, a $10 fee is required, unless office holders receive no annual salary and are instead paid based on the meetings they attend. In such cases, no filing fee is needed.

Candidates who cannot afford the filing fee can instead submit a petition. On the petition, a signature collected is equal to $1 of the filing fee.

For questions, call the Benton County Auditor's Office at 509-736-3085 or email elections@co.benton.wa.us. Or in Franklin County, call the auditor's office at 545-3538 or email elections@co.franklin.wa.us.

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