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Filing for Office in 2021

Special filing period is July 12-14.

RCW 29A.24.181 requires a special three-day filing period for those offices where no one filed for the office during the regular filing period. Click here to see available offices.

Candidates who file during the special filing period will appear on the general election ballot. No primary election will be held.

Online candidate filing opens Monday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m. 

Online candidate filing closes at 4 p.m. sharp on Wednesday, July 14. Submit your online filing prior to 4 p.m.

In-person filing is available during business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on July 12-14  at the Pierce County Election Center, located at 2501 South 35th Street, Suite C in Tacoma.

There will be no withdrawals accepted for this special 3-day filing period.

Voters’ Pamphlet Information

Must be submitted online. Deadline to submit information is Friday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m.

You will receive an email after your Declaration of Candidacy has been approved with a link to submit your
voters’ pamphlet information.

Have your biography information, statement, and photo ready before you start the pamphlet submittal process.

Once submitted, all biographical information, statements, and photos are final. They can’t be amended by the candidate.

Please prepare the following three items in advance:

1. Biography - Word limit - 100

The biographical information must be 100 words or less allocated between four subsection headings.

Biographical information should be organized in accordance with the four subsection headings listed below. Subsection headings are not included in the word count.

  • Elected Experience. (Judges use Legal/Judicial Experience) 
  • Other Professional Experience. 
  • Education. 
  • Community Service. 

When a candidate doesn’t submit information for a particular subsection heading, “No information submitted” will appear in that subsection area.

2. Statement - Word limit 

State Senator – 200 words - 4 paragraphs
State Representative – 100 words - 2 paragraphs
County offices – 200 words - 4 paragraphs
Judicial offices – 200 words - 4 paragraphs

Local offices – 200 words - 4 paragraphs

Hyphenated or slashed words will be counted as a separate words. (Example - "Around-the-corner" = 3 words)      

3. Photo

  • Submit one portrait photo -  jpeg or .tiff (Head and shoulders) For best results use a light-colored background, (not white).
  • Photos should be less than 1 MB, (If larger, photos take will take too long to load for the online guide.)  
  • Clothing or insignia that suggest holding a public office are not allowed (e.g., judicial robes, law enforcement or military uniforms).
  • Color or black and white photo. (Color will be used in the online guide, and converted to black and white for the printed Local Voters’ Pamphlet.)

You may NOT submit a new statement for the General Election. The information submitted will be used for both the Primary Election and General Election.

Additional Resources

Public Disclosure Commission
Candidates are advised to verify that they are in compliance with all state, county, and local laws.

Archived Election Information
Looking for examples of candidate statements? See voters’ pamphlets from previous elections.