Candidate filing week begins Monday for Kitsap County residents interested in serving in local elected positions. Cities, school districts, ports, fire districts, utility and park districts all have elected positions that will be on the 2023 ballot.
The Kitsap County Auditor's Office has already received a handful of candidate filings by mail. Online, email, fax and in-person filings begin Monday and end Friday, May 19.
Residents interested in running for a local office are encouraged to visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/kitsap-candidate-filing.aspx for important videos, links, forms and for access to the 2023 Candidate and Measure Committee Guidelines book.
Three important dates and deadlines are:
- May 15-19: Filing week.
- May 22: Deadline to withdraw a candidacy.
- May 26: Voters' Pamphlet statement due.
"The people in these elected positions serve a vital role in our communities and often provide the most direct service in our day-to-day lives," said Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor. "I'm always excited during filing week to see how many people step up to serve."
Online filing, the option most candidates use, begins at 9 a.m., Monday, May 15 and ends at 4 p.m., Friday, May 19.
In-person and filing by email or fax begins at 8 a.m. Monday, May 15 and ends at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19.
The deadline to withdraw a candidacy is 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 22.
Candidate statements and photos, which appear in the Local Voters' Pamphlet, are due Friday, May 26.
A lot draw, which determines the order candidates appear on a ballot, will be at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19, at the Elections desk in the Kitsap County Auditor's Office, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366 and will streamed live on the Auditor's YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/KitsapAuditor.