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Candidate Information
Congratulations on your decision to run for public office! This is the first step in filing as a candidate. Before you are officially recorded as a candidate for public office, your Declaration of Candidacy must be reviewed by the Elections Office for accuracy and completeness. Filings are not official until validated and approved by the Elections Office. Your name will appear on the Cowlitz County website as a candidate for office once your Declaration of Candidacy is validated and approved.

The 2019 Candidate Filing Week was May 13 - 17. The next Candidate Filing Week will be May 11 - 15, 2020.

To submit a Declaration of Candidacy, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a registered voter in the district for which you are filing.
  • You must have a valid email address.
  • You must have a credit card if filing fees will be paid online.

Withdrawal of Declaration of Candidacy
A Declaration of Candidacy may be withdrawn by submitting a written request for withdrawal to the Elections Office no later than 5 p.m. on May 20, 2019. If this deadline is missed, you cannot receive an extension. Filing fees are non-refundable.

Alternative to Filing Fees
Persons lacking sufficient funds to pay the filing fee may submit a filing fee petition. You must file in person at the Elections Office, located at 207 N 4th Ave, Rm 107, Kelso, WA 98626. Filing fee petitions cannot be submitted online and are due no later than May 17th at 5 p.m. The amount of signatures required are based on the dollar amount of the filing fee for the position. No partial submission of payment and signatures will be accepted.

Links and Forms:
Candidates Who Have Filed
Candidates in Lot Draw Order
Offices open for election
Declaration of Candidacy Form
Filing Fee Petition Form
Online Candidate Filing (Guide)
Withdrawal of Candidacy Form
Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)
2019 Candidate Guide
2019 Jurisdiction Guide
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