Thurston County’s Elections staff will hold a workshop for people who are interested in running for public office this year.
The event will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Thurston County Elections Ballot Processing Center, 2905 29th Ave. SW, Suite E, Tumwater. It will include information about how to file, candidate statements and photos for the voter’s pamphlet, social media ideas and a presentation by the Public Disclosure Commission. Attendees also will be able to take a tour of the Ballot Processing Center.
The office usually holds the workshop every other year, according to Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall.
“In odd years, you have a lot of first-time candidates,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to explain the tools and services we have available.”
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This fall’s election will include numerous offices, including Superior Court Judge, a Port of Olympia commissioner, Olympia and Tenino mayors, several city and town council positions, school board directors, fire commissioners, park and recreation commissioners and cemetery commissioners.
Candidates can file for office by mail as early as April 27, and in person during filing week, which will be May 11-15.
For more information on offices that are up for election this fall, go to bit.ly/1NavxI6.
Those who are interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to RSVP with voter outreach coordinator Valerie Walston at 360-786-5408.