The filing period for political candidates will come quite a bit sooner than usual this year.
Because the state of Washington has moved its primary election up to Aug. 21, the deadline for those interested in running for office has also been moved up. Previously, the primary had come in the third week of September.
This year, the filing period opens on May 18. Filings by mail can be accepted until early June. The in-person "filing week" period opens on June 4 and continues through June 8, with the deadline to file for political office Friday, June 8, at 5 p.m.
Anyone who wants to run for a public office has to file at the Klickitat County Auditor's Office in Goldendale and pay the corresponding filing fee no later than June 8.
There are many local races appearing on the ballot this year in Bingen, White Salmon, and elsewhere around Klickitat County.
Many high-profile local elected offices will be up for grabs this fall, including:
In Bingen, three council seats (Positions 1, 2, & 3) will be open. Those seats are currently held by Betty Barnes, Tim Hearn, and Laura Mann, respectively.
All three are for four-year terms, with a filing fee of $10.
In White Salmon, two council seats (Positions 1 & 2), as well as the mayor's office, will be on the ballot in White Salmon. Francis Gaddis currently serves as White Salmon's mayor, while the respective council seats are now held by Richard Marx and John Mayo.
All of the White Salmon contests are for four-year terms. The filing fee for the mayor's race is $36, while the council seats require a $10 filing fee.
On Tuesday, Mayor Gaddis said he would wait to decide whether he wants to campaign to serve for another four years.
"I haven't decided yet," Gaddis commented.
Candidates for elected office must be registered voters within the city or district of the respective office they are running for, and candidates must be a resident of the corresponding district for at least one year prior to the election they will be competing in.
Elsewhere, one position on the three-member Port of Klickitat Board of Commissioners will be open this year. The seat is currently held by Rodger Ford of Lyle.
Also, several school districts around the area will have elections to fill open positions on their school boards. In White Salmon, three seats will be on the ballot. The incumbents are Josie Salka, Bill Clack, and Thomas Stevenson.
Other school districts with school board elections this year include Trout Lake, Klickitat, and Glenwood.
In addition, there will be contests for a number of fire districts around the county; for cemetery districts; for the local hospital district (Skyline Hospital); and for the Underwood Conservation District.
The deadline for voters to register to vote in the primary election is July 21. The deadline to register for the Nov. 6 general election will come on Oct. 6.