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Resources to help Local, Judicial, State Executive and Legislative candidates meet their reporting requirements.
Resources for all judicial candidates and all local candidates (county, city or town, and taxing districts such as fire, hospital, park, port, public utility, school, sewer, and water districts and municipal corporations).

Resources for Washington State executive candidates (governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, public lands commissioner, superintendent of public instruction, and insurance commissioner) and Washington State Senate and House of Representatives candidates.

For Candidates
Candidate for Financial Affairs Statement
(F-1 Form)
Campaign Disclosure Reports
("C" Forms)
U.S. Senator or Representative: (Federal Reports Only)
State-wide Office: Yes Yes
Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, etc.
State Senator or Representative Yes Yes
Justice or Judge: Yes Yes
Supreme, Appeals or Superior Court
 
County-wide Office: Yes Yes
Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Commissioner, Council Member, Coroner, Executive, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer
City or Town Office in jurisdictions of:
Fewer than 1,000 registered voters* and you have not received or do not expect to receive contributions of $5,000 or more in the aggregate No Reporting Requirements
1,000 to 4,999 registered voters* and you have not received or do not expect to receive contributions of $5,000 or more in the aggregate Yes No
5,000 or more registered voters* or less than 5,000 registered voters and you have received or expect to receive at least $5,000 Yes Yes
Districts:
Fire, Hospital, Judicial, Park, Port, PUD, School, Sewer, Water in jurisdictions of Fewer than 1,000 registered voters* and you have not received or do not expect to receive contributions of $5,000 or more in the aggregate No Reporting Requirements
1,000 to 4,999 registered voters* and you have not received or do not expect to receive contributions of $5,000 or more in the aggregate Yes No (See Note)
5,000 or more registered voters* or less than 5,000 registered voters and you have received or expect to receive at least $5,000 Yes Yes
(Note: If the district encompasses an entire county, campaign finance reports are required.)
Districts where voters must have special qualifications such as property ownership No Reporting Requirements
Cemetery District Commissioners No Reporting Requirements
Precinct Committee Officer No Reporting Requirements
* Number of registered voters as of the preceding general election.