If you're thinking about running for Congress this year, or state representative, or perhaps county commissioner, now is the time.
The five-day filing period for offices up for election this year starts Monday and runs through Friday.
Candidates for local offices or state legislative districts only representing one county can file in person at their county auditor's office or online.
Candidates for federal and statewide offices, and state legislative districts representing multiple counties must file with the Secretary of State's office by mail to Secretary of State, Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220, or online at www.sos.wa.gov.
Federal and state offices up for election this year include the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Maria Cantwell, all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, commissioner of public lands, superintendent of public instruction and insurance commissioner.
All seats in the state House of Representatives also are up for election, as well as the Mid-Columbia state Senate seats in the 9th and 16th districts.
Boundaries approved by the state Redistricting Commission will apply in this year's election, so the 16th District now includes Walla Walla and Columbia counties; parts of Pasco and Kennewick; Benton City, Prosser and Benton County outside of the Tri-Cities.
The 9th District now includes Adams, Asotin, Garfield and Whitman counties, plus part of Spokane County, north Franklin County and west Pasco.
Candidates for legislative seats in the 9th and 16th districts must file with the Secretary of State. But those running in the 8th district, which includes only part of Benton County, can file with the Benton County Auditor's Office.
Benton County has positions available for District 1 commissioner, currently held by Leo Bowman, and District 3 commissioner, held by Jim Beaver; Benton PUD Pos. 3 commissioner, held by Robert E. Bertsch; and precinct committee officers.
Franklin County has positions available for District 1 commissioner, currently held by Brad Peck, and District 2 commissioner, held by Bob Koch; Franklin PUD Pos. 3, held by Stuart Nelson; and precinct committee officers.
Both counties share in having six Superior Court positions up for election. They are positions 1 through 6, held by: Bruce Spanner, Robert Swisher, Craig Matheson, Cameron Mitchell, Vic VanderSchoor and Carrie Runge.
Filing fees are required or candidates may have signatures from registered voters submitted in their place. Each signature is worth $1, but there cannot be a mix of fees and signatures.
Franklin County filing fees are $1,488.32 for a judicial seat; $897.80 for a commissioner seat; $216 for a PUD seat; and no charge for precinct committee officers.
Benton County filing fees are the same as in Franklin County except for a commissioner seat, which is $1,015.40.
There are no city council, school district or special district seats up for election this year.
Filing fees for state and federal offices can be found online at www.sos.wa.gov.
Online filing for Benton and Franklin counties will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and continues each day until 4 p.m. through Friday.
A link to the state Secretary of State's online filing page for Benton and Franklin counties will be active Monday. It will be available through www.bentonelections.com or www.co.franklin.wa.us/auditor.
Both counties also will accept in-person candidate filing during office hours starting at 8 a.m. Monday, through Fridayuntil 5 p.m.
Benton County has three auditor's office locations: in Prosser at the county courthouse, 620 Market St.; in Kennewick at the county annex, 5600 Canal Drive; and in Richland at 101 Wellsian Way, Suite E.
Filing in Franklin County will be at the courthouse, 1016 N. Fourth Ave., in Pasco.