Dates set for filing for elected offices is May 13-17

The November general election is less than six months away and potential candidates have a five-day window to file.

Candidates can file in-person, online, mail or fax from Monday, May 13, to Friday, May 17, with the Kitsap County Auditor’ Election Division, according to the Auditor’ Office.

During the filing period, candidates can file in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Auditor’s Office, 614 Division St., in Port Orchard.

Online filing is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and filing fees must be paid using a credit card.

Candidates who file by mail must have their information to the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday. Those who file by fax machine can do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but filing fees are due at the close of the filing period at 5 p.m. May 17.

Those who wish to withdraw as a candidates have until 5 p.m. May 20 and must submit a letter in writing. There is no withdrawal period.

Persons who want to run as a write-in candidate must file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy no later than 18 days before the elections.

Perhaps the biggest race in November is the 26th District State Senate seat held by Nathan Schlicher (D-Gig Harbor). District 26 State Rep. Jan Angel has announced her intention to seek to fill the one-year unexpired term.

Schlicher was appointed earlier this year to fill Derek Kilmer’s post. Kilmer was elected as congressman to the Sixth District.

There are four seats up for election on the Port Orchard City Council.

Position 2 Councilwoman Carolyn Powers announced she is retiring from the Council and Position 6 Councilman Fred Chang will seek re-election to his post. The seats held for Council Position 3, held by Rob Putaansuu, and the Council At-Large post held by Jerry Childs, are up for election.

Positions 2, 3 and 4 are each four-year seats, while the at-large post is a two-year term. The annual salary for a council member is $9,255.

Voters also could see a ballot measure to change the City’s form of government from a mayor/council to a council/manager. If approved, all seven council seats would be up during a special election in February.

There would be no election for mayor, who would then be selected from the new council.

The South Kitsap School District School Board has two directors seats — District 3 and 4 — up for election.

Kathryn Simpson, the District 4 director, announced she will not seek re-election for her seat.

Christopher Lemke is the District 3 director.

The South Kitsap Fire and Rescue fire commission has two seats up — Position 2 and 5, both six-year terms. D.W. “Dusty’ Wiley serves as the Position 2 commissioner, while Paul Golnik holds down the Position 5 spot.

The Port of Bremerton District 1 seat held by Larry Stokes is up in November. The post is a six-year term with a $12,000 annual salary.

For the Port of Manchester, the District 3 commission seat held by Steve Pedersen is up for election. The commissioner will serve a four-year term.

Also, the Position 1 seat on the Manchester Water District No. 11, which is held by James Strode, is a six-year seat up for election.

The West Sound Utility District No. 1 seat held by Jeannie Screws is up for election in November. The post is a six-year term.

The governing body of a city or district can submit a resolution calling for a special election. The resolution must be submitted to the Kitsap County Auditor’s Elections Division in writing no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 6, for the November general election.


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