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Citizens are encouraged to run for local elected office 

Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
711 Washington Relay

OLYMPIA – A special three-day filing period will be held Wednesday, May 24 through Friday, May 26 to allow citizens to run for elected office for positions without candidates. Open positions include: 

  • Town Council, Town of Bucoda, Position No. 4 
  • City Council, City of Tenino, Position No. 5 
  • Fire Commissioner, West Thurston Regional Fire District - Littlerock, Position No. 2 
  • Park Commissioner, Tanglewilde Parks & Recreation, District 1, Positions No. 2, 3, and 4 

These positions have no filing fee. 

Filing begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 and closes promptly at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. Methods of filing are:  

  • Online at 
  • By fax at 360.754.4591 
  • By email at 
  • In person at the Auditor’s Elections Office at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 
  • By Mail to Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Office, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 

All candidate filings must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 

The order of candidates for these positions will be determined by random lot draw as required by RCW 29A.36.131. The random lot draw will be held shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26. The drawing will be held at the Auditor’s Elections Office. Candidates or other interested parties are welcome to attend.  

“This special three-day filing period is a second chance for citizens to run for these open elected offices,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. “These local elected positions are important. People have an opportunity to make a difference in their community.” 


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