Flurry of Candidates File for Positions in Upcoming Elections

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 5/17/22

The road to the August primary election and the November general election officially began Monday with the start of filing week.

Would-be candidates have through Friday afternoon to file the …

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Flurry of Candidates File for Positions in Upcoming Elections

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The road to the August primary election and the November general election officially began Monday with the start of filing week.

Would-be candidates have through Friday afternoon to file the necessary paperwork with county auditor offices to get their names on the ballot.

By Tuesday afternoon, 105 candidates had already filed for 78 positions that will be on the ballot in Thurston County. The top two candidates in each primary race with three or more candidates will move on to the general election in November.

County races also loom large in this year’s election with races for county commissioner, auditor, clerk, assessor, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and treasurer up for grabs.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Democrat Steven J. Drew filed for the Thurston County assessor position, while incumbent Mary Hall, a Democrat, filed for county auditor. Democrat Linda Enlow has also filed for the county clerk position.

For sheriff, incumbent John Snaza filed as an Independent. Challenger Derek Sanders has filed as an Independent as well.

Two people have filed to become Thurston County commissioner of District 3. They include Republican Vivian Eason and incumbent Tye Menser, a Democrat.

In the state House, 10th District Rep. Marilyn Strickland, a Democrat, filed to retain her seat. Challengers include Republicans Keith Swank and Dan Gordon.

J.T. Wilcox, a Republican, filed to retain his seat in Legislative District 2.

Legislative District 20 saw two file, with incumbent Peter Abbarno filing for position one and incumbent Ed Orcutt filing for state representative position two.



More than 50 candidates on Tuesday had already filed for open precinct committee officer (PCO) positions.

In local judicial races, Allyson Zipp and Indu Thomas filed for a four-year term in Thurston County Superior Court.

Thurston County District Court saw Kalo Wilcox file for the position one judge, while Sam Meyer filed for the district judge position two. Brett Buckley filed for district court judge position three.

For an updated list on all the races and which candidates file throughout the week, visit https://voter.votewa.gov/CandidateList.aspx?e=876&c=31.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office encourages would-be candidates to file online at www.thurstonvotes.org until 4 p.m. on May 20. Credit cards are accepted.

Drive-thru and in-person filing services are also available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 2400 Evergreen Park Drive SW in Olympia during filing week.

Candidates can also mail their filing information to Thurston County Elections: 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA, 98502.

All candidate filings and filing fees must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Filing fees vary for each elected position.

The order of candidates on the ballot will be determined by a random lot draw shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The drawing will be held at the elections office and will be streamed via Facebook Live. Visit https://facebook.com/TCAuditor to view.

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