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Sunday spin: 8 simple rules to survive your campaign

The lineup card for the August primary shows we’re fielding quite a few rookie candidates for local office this year.

Welcome to the ring. Watch out for all those hats being tossed around.

Many of you will do as well as most of the veteran pols, and some of you will do better than a few of them. Without casting aspersions on anyone’s abilities or intelligence, Spin Control each year at this time offers candidates and campaigns its eight simple rules to make it through Election Day. As my dad always said, free advice is usually worth what you pay for it, but here goes:

To read the rest of this item, or to comment, click here to go inside the blog.

Filing week is nearly here. Candidates take note

Everyone thinking about running for political office this year, take note: You have less than a week to make up your mind. Everyone talking about running and acting like they’re already a full-fledged candidate, take note: It’s not official until you file your paperwork and pay your fee.

Candidate filing week starts Monday morning, and ends when the office where that paperwork and fee must be deposited closes on Friday. Here’s a tricky part – because of budget cutbacks, some county elections offices close as early as noon on Fridays, others at 4 p.m., and some stay open until 5 p.m. Anyone planning to wait until the very last minute to build suspense would be wise to make a phone call to the appropriate office and check when that last minute is.

For some positions that’s the county elections office in the county seat; for others, it’s the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. How do you know what goes where?

Go inside the blog to read more, or to comment.

Filing week approaching

OK candidates, listen up. Filing week starts next Monday for those of you who like the personal touch of filling out your forms and paying your fees in person.

From Monday through Friday of next week, you can saunter into your county elections office, turn in your form, pay the fee (1 percent of the annual salary for the position you desire) and qualify for a spot on the August primary ballot.  Remember, there may be some special requirements for a particular position, such as length of residence inside the borders of the particular city or district you wish to elect you, or being eligible to vote.

In Spokane County, the office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Editor's note: An earlier version of this post had the wrong start time.)

Or you could save yourself the trip, file online and pay with a credit card. To file online for Spokane County, click here.  To find a website or address for one of the other county elections offices in Washington state, click here.

It's also possible to file by mail, right now. To do that, you would need a petition of candidacy to fill out. You can get started by clicking here.

A note to the wouldbe candidates who are just “thinking about” a run. Think about it all you want, but remember the filing fees are non-refundable.

To see a list of offices up for election this  year in Spokane County, click here.

Reierson files for prosecutor

And then there were four…Spokane County prosecutor candidates, that is.

Jim Reierson joined the race for county prosecutor today, saying he prefers “The Law and Order Party.” (Who knew the hit TV show had its own political party?)

Reierson ran for the job four years ago as a Democrat, and ran twice for Spokane County District judge, which is a nonpartisan position.

For a complete list of candidates on the Spokane area ballots thus far, click “continue reading.”

Candidates wanted

While some political races in the city of Spokane are pretty crowded, other positions around the county are not. Some are even candidate-less.

In an effort to get candidates for posts that have none, Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin has scheduled a special filing period for Wednesday through Friday. Wouldbe officeholders who live in the city, town or district can file their paperwork at the Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner.

Note: this is not an opportunity to challenge a candidate who is running unopposed for a seat. It’s limited to positions with no candidates. Under state law, if no one files, the incumbent (if there is one) retains the seat until the next election if he or she is willing to serve. Otherwise, the seat is declared vacant, and filled by whatever means is set up by statute, ordinance or bylaws.

To see the full list of positions subject to the special filing period, go inside the blog.

Candidate alert: 6th candidate in South Spokane district

As the deadline draws near, another candidate has entered the race for South Spokane’s District 2 council district.

David Elton, who is currently banned from City Council meetings because of verbal exchanges with Council President Joe Shogan, filed at 4:28 p.m.

Elton has a history that can be charitably described as colorful. He’ll face Steve Eugster, incumbent Mike Allen, outdoor magazine publisher Jon Snyder, congressional aide Kristina Sabestinas and first-timer Greg Ridgley.

Full list when filing closes at 5 p.m.

One more into a council race

Clock is ticking down to the deadline to file for political office.

5 p.m. is it. Finito. end of story.

In the meantime, the race for Spokane City Council’s District 2 in south Spokane grew to four Friday afternoon with the entry of Kristina Sabestinas, an aide to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She joins former councilman Steve Eugster, magazine publisher Jon Snyder, incumbent Mike Allen for that seat.

Northeast Spokane’s District 1 still has two candidates, Amber Waldref and Mike Fagan.

Northwest Spokane’s District 3 has still six: John Waite, Nancy McLaughlin, Karen Kearney, Barbara Lampert, Victor Noder and Christopher Stevens.

In the Spokane Valley, only one council race had two candidates as of lunchtime: the Position 1 seat with incumbent Diana Wilhite and challenger Brenad Grassel.

For the full list for races totally or partially in Spokane County , go inside the blog.

Council candidates keep a-coming

Spokane City Council seats continue to attract a large share of the attention among would-be candidates. Southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District seat is pulling them in, too.

The Thursday afternoon count has 11 council candidates spread among the three districts:

Amber Waldref and Mike Fagan in Northeast Spokane’s District 1

Steve Eugster, Jon Snyder and Mike Allen in South Spokane’s District 2

John Waite, Nancy McLaughlin, Karen Kearney, Barbara Lampert, Victor Noder and Christopher Stevens — that’s right six of ‘em — in Northwest Spokane’s District 3.

Down in Southeast Washington, the Democrats finally got a sacrificial lamb, er candidate, to run for the open seat. Glen Stockwell of Ritville joined the fray with Pat Hailey of Mesa, Darin Watkins of Palouse, Susan Fagan of Pullman and Art Swannack of Lamont.

For the updated Thursday list, go inside the blog.

More in the race for Spokane City Council

The noon update from Spokane County Elections Office has two additions to the Spokane City Council races.

Councilman Mike Allen, as previously announced, is seeking election to the seat to which he was appointed in South Spokane’s District 2. He joins Steve Eugster and Jon Snyder, who both filed Monday.

Former nurse’s aide and perennial candidate Barbara Lampert filed for the seat in Northwest Spokane’s District 3. That district now has four candidates: Lampert, incumbent Nancy McLaughlin, John Waite and Karen Kearney.

Northeast Spokane District 1 race currently has one candidate. But Mike Fagan, longtime Tim Eyman lieutenant in the initiative biz, has scheduled an announcement today. He’s expected to be joining Amber Waldref in that race.

For the complete candidate listings, as of noon, go inside the blog.

Last reminder: Filing week about to start

If you’ve been telling everyone you know that your local electeds are A.) clueless; B.) wasting your money; C.) spending their waking hours with the heads in small, lightless places or D.) all of the above, it’s put up or shut up time.

Filing week in Washington state starts tomorrow..

From the time the county Elections Office doors open Monday morning until 5 p.m. next Friday, a would-be city councilperson or school board member can walk in, fill out a form and – if the job pays more than $1,000 a year – plunk down his or her filing fee to get a place on the Aug. 18 primary ballot.

The announced fields in districts around Spokane County are currently pretty small. The Spokane City Council has three seats up for election and none has more than two candidates. Yet.

Most likely to grow significantly is the open council seat in Northeast Spokane’s 1st District. For most elections, an open council seat in Spokane generates enough candidates to fill a minivan.

Mark your calendar: Filing week is coming

Washington residents who are thinking about running for some local office this year had better make up their minds quickly. It’s almost time to spit or get off the spot.

Next week is filing week. From the time the county courthouse doors open Monday morning until 5 p.m. next Friday, a would-be office holder can walk in, fill out a form and, if the job pays more than a grand, plunk down his or her filing fee to get a spot on the Aug. 18 primary ballot.

Those who want to avoid the long lines at county elections offices … and Spin Control is being facetious here, generally speaking … can file online.

Most offices this year are non partisan. But there is a partisan legislative race in Eastern Washington’s 9th District, where Don Cox was appointed to a seat that became open by the death of Steve Hailey but decided not to run. The 9th will have a Top 2 primary, which means the first and second finishers go on to the Nov. 3 general election, regardless of party.

That’s the way it is in nonpartisan races, anyway. No matter how many get into the primary, the two with the most votes move on to the general election.

Who’s got elections this fall in Spokane County? Go inside the blog for the list.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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