Candidate filing week approaching

If you’re interested in running for one of the 134 offices up for election in Whatcom County this November, get ready to file your declaration of candidacy. Candidate filing week is May 13-17.

Prospective candidates should review the candidate filing guide available on the Whatcom County Auditor’s website, The guide contains information candidates need to know before they file. “Requirements and regulations can change from year to year, so this is a great resource,” said auditor Debbie Adelstein in an April 22 press release.

Candidates can file their declaration online at Online filing begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 13 and closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17.

Alternatively, candidates may file in person at the auditor’s office, 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham, but they will be directed to a computer station to file. In-person filing opens May 13 at 8:30 a.m. and ends May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

A candidate may also mail the declaration form accompanied by the filing fee to the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, Election Division, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham, Washington 98225. Filings can be received by mail beginning April 29 but will not be processed until the official filing week. Filings must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 17. Any filing received before April 29 or after the deadline will be rejected and returned to the candidate.

Following are the elective offices that Blaine and Birch Bay voters will be casting their ballots for in November.

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