Candidate filing week is coming up

By Debbie Adelstein, Whatcom County Auditor

Are you thinking about running for office or already decided to run? The Whatcom County candidate filing guide provides information on what you need to know before you file, when you file, after you file, and more.

The guide is available on the Whatcom County Auditor’s website at

Candidate filing week is May 11–15. Go to the auditor’s website at for a listing of offices up for election, filing fees, declaration of candidacy forms and other filing information.

A declaration of candidacy can be filed online, in person or by mail.


9 a.m., Monday, May 11 to 4 p.m., Friday, May 15

File online at

In person:

8:30 a.m., Monday, May 11 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 15

File in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham.


A candidate may send his or her declaration of candidacy, accompanied by the filing fee, beginning on Monday, April 27, to: Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, Election Division, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham, WA, 98225.

Filings received by mail will be processed starting the Monday of filing week. Filings must be received in the auditor’s office on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15; any received after the deadline are invalid and will be returned to the applicant.

Call the Whatcom County Election Division at 360/676-6742, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with questions.

For additional information, contact Debbie Adelstein, county auditor, 360/715-7474 or Diana Bradrick, chief deputy auditor, 360/676-6740, ext. 50065.

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