2018 Candidate Filing Week is May 14 - 18

2018 Election Guide for Candidates is a must read if you are planning to run for office or are responsible for a campaign. Learn about filing for office, submitting a voters' pamphlet statement, residency requirements, and much more. 
Pierce County Candidate Filing is now closed.

Candidates Who Have Filed 
Pierce County Candidates In Unofficial Lot Draw Order

Precinct Committee Officers Who Have Filed 
PCOs in Unofficial Lot Draw Order

Withdrawal of Candidacy Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:30 PM, is the deadline for a candidate to withdrawal. Filing fee is not refundable. Email completed form to pcelections@co.pierce.wa.us

2018 Open Offices
  1. Voters' Pamphlet
  2. Additional Resources
PC or laptop use recommended. 

There is absolutely NO benefit in waiting to submit your statement until the last day (4:30 p.m. on May 25th). Once submitted, your statement is confidential and not shared with anyone until days AFTER the submittal deadline has passed for ALL candidates.

It’s easy!
Find the email you received from vote@sos.wa.gov confirming you filed for office. The link to submit your voters’ pamphlet information can be found in that email.  If you need a link resent email pcvoterpamphlet@co.pierce.wa.us with your name and office and we’ll reply (during business hours) with the link for you to use to submit your information.

Voters' pamphlet information will only be accepted through the online submittal process. Must be submitted online by Friday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m.  

The voters' pamphlet submittal process needs to be completed in one sitting. There is not an option to "save" and come back and finish. Have your biography information, statement, and photo ready before you start the pamphlet submittal process.

Candidates filing for Auditor, Pros. Attorney, and Council Dist. 1,5, and 7 Besides your online voters' pamphlet submittal, you have an opportunity to provide a
video voters' guide through Pierce County Television. Click here for details. 

King County District Court - Southeast Candidates - You must submit your voters' pamphlet information through the online submittal process. Follow the requirements and deadlines below for Pierce County. See King County Elections for the King County pamphlet requirements.  Pierce County pamphlet information must be submitted online by Friday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. 

Federal, Legislative, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court Candidates - The pamphlet information you submit will be used in the State and Pierce County pamphlets. You do not need to submit separate information. Please contact the Secretary of State's office if you need help submitting your voters' pamphlet information. 1-800-448-4881

The voters' pamphlet information you submit will be used both for the Primary Election and if you advance to the General Election. You may not submit a new statement after the Primary. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please prepare the following in advance:

1. Biography - Word limit - 100
The biographical information must be 100 words or less allocated between four subsection headings. 

Biographical information should be organized in accordance with the four subsection headings listed below. Subsection headings are not included in the word count.

  • Elected Experience. (Judges use Legal/Judicial Experience)
  • Other Professional Experience. 
  • Education. 
  • Community Service. 
When a candidate doesn’t submit information for a particular subsection heading, “No information submitted” will appear in that subsection area. 

2. Statement  
The word limit for candidate statements is as follows:

  • State Senator – 200 words (4 paragraphs allowed)
  • State Representative – 100 words (2 paragraphs allowed)
  • County offices – 200 words (4 paragraphs allowed)
  • Judicial offices – 200 words (4 paragraphs allowed)
  • All other local offices – 200 words (4 paragraphs allowed)

Each part of a hyphenated or slashed word will be counted as a separate word. (Example - "Around-the-corner" = 3 words)            

3. Photos 
  • You may submit one portrait photo. (Head and shoulders) For best results use a light-colored background, but not white.
  • Photos should be less than 1 MB in size. 450 x 600 pixels image size - jpeg or .tiff works best. (If larger, photo will take too long to load for the online guide.) Image size correction will not be made by Pierce County Elections. 
  • Clothing or insignia that suggest holding a public office are not allowed (e.g., judicial robes, law enforcement or military uniforms).
  • Color or black and white photo. (Color will be used in the online guide, and converted to black and white for the printed Local Voters' Pamphlet.)

Candidate photos from previous Local Voters’ Pamphlets are not available for reuse. Candidate must submit a new photo online.