04/12/2012: "Questions about Council Terms Remain"
Candidate filing week will arrive three weeks earlier in 2012 than last year, because of a change in state law. However the Council elections will take place against the uncertain backdrop of the upcoming November 2012 vote on the Charter Review Commission’s (CRC) recommendations.
If the CRC’s proposals fail to win voter approval, 9see related story below) the newly elected Council members will serve full four year terms on the County’s six member Council. If voters approve the CRC’s recommendations, the current Council would be abolished just five months after the newly elected Council members are sworn in.
In that case, elections for the new three-member Council would be held in February 2013 with run-off elections in April. The winners would take office on May 7, when the April election results are certified.
For now, plans continue for the election of the three open Council positions this fall as they are currently construed in the Charter.
County offices open for filing this year are Superior Court Judge and County Council District 1 (San Juan South), District 3 (Friday Harbor), and District 4 (Orcas West). To be on the ballot, each candidate must file a declaration of candidacy and pay a filing fee between May 14 and May 18.
The San Juan County Elections Office will accept online candidate filing from 9 a.m. on Monday, May 14, through Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m. In-person filings will be accepted Monday, May 14, at 8 a.m. through Friday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. Mail-in filings may be received no earlier than Monday, April 30, and no later than Friday, May 18.
The names of candidates facing two or more challengers will appear on the August 7 primary ballot. Offices with one or two candidates filed will go directly to the November 7 general election ballot.
Candidates are encouraged to file online. Candidates who file online will receive not only confirmation of their filing, but also updates when other candidates file for that office. Candidates may file online using either their personal computers or a computer set up in the Elections Office. To file online, go to www.sanjuanco.com/elections and click “Candidate Filing.”
If filing by mail, send forms to San Juan County Auditor, Elections Office, PO Box 638, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. In-person filings forms should be taken to the Elections Office, 55 2nd Street, Friday Harbor.
In addition to the Council and Superior Court positions, Democratic and Republican Precinct Committee Officers positions will also be open for filing. The filing fee for San Juan County Council is $337.19 and for San Juan Superior Court Judge is $1,488.32. There is no filing fee for Precinct Committee Officer.
Those interested in running for office are encouraged to call the Elections Offices at (360) 378-3357 for more information.