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Mon., May 12, 2014, 11:34 a.m.

Filing week starts today

Washington residents with political ambitions have until Friday afternoon to make them official by filing for office.

Voters will elect 10 members of the U.S. House, half the state Senate, the full state House, four state Supreme Court justices and many county executive posts in this fall’s election. Except for the judicial positions, most offices are partisan, so candidates are asked to indicate which party they prefer when they file their paperwork and pay the filing fee, which amounts to 1 percent of the salary for the office sought.

Candidates running for county offices and legislative seats for districts inside a single county file paperwork at the county elections office. Those running for Congress, statewide judicial offices or legislative districts that spread over more than one county file with the Secretary of State in Olympia.

Or a candidate can file for any office online from 9 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday at – if he or she has an e-mail address and a credit card.

County office hours vary. In Spokane County the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and elections officials say a candidate must be in the process of filing at 4 p.m. Friday for the petition and fee to be accepted.

The Secretary of State’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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