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Candidate filing period opens next Monday

The candidate filing period for those seeking public office begins Monday, June 2, and ends Friday, June 6.

Offices up for election this year include the U.S. Representative position for district four, currently occupied by Doc Hastings of Pasco.

Two state legislative positions for this district are also up for election: the offices currently held by Bruce Chandler of Granger and Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside.

Two Yakima County commissioner positions are up for election, currently occupied by Mike Leita, district one, and Ron Gamache, district two.

Those intending to declare candidacy for the position currently occupied by Congressman Doc Hastings must file for candidacy with the state secretary.

Those seeking to run for the state legislature or a commissioner position can file at the Yakima County Auditor's office.

Due to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold I-872, this will be the first year of the state's top two primary, which will impact those filing for partisan offices.

Candidates are to file the declaration of candidacy form and pay the filing fee. Candidates may indicate a political party preference on the declaration or select no party preference. A candidate's party preference will apply to both the primary and general elections.

No nomination or endorsement by a party either before or after a filing is required.

Major political parties may not prevent a candidate from expressing a preference for their party.

If no one files for a particular race, then that race will be re-opened for a special three-day filing period.

If only one or two candidates file for a particular race, that race will still appear on the primary election ballot.

The ballot will have two lines for every candidate. The candidate's name will appear on the first line and the second line will contain the candidate's statement regarding preference. The statement will appear on both the primary and general election ballots.

The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary qualify for the general election. Candidates must also receive at least one percent of the votes cast for that race in order to advance to the general election.

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