May 11, 2020

Monday May 11 kicks off the 2020 candidate filing week in Washington state. Candidates who have filed for office with their county elections office or the Secretary of State should also check with the PDC about possible additional reporting requirements.

If you’re running for a state or local office in a jurisdiction with over 5,000 registered voters, or you intend to raise $5,000 or more for your election campaign, then you also need to file a C-1 candidate registration for the 2020 election. Submit it within two weeks of declaring. You can find instructions on how to file a C-1 candidate registration here. 

You need to submit a personal financial affairs disclosure report (F-1) if:

  • You are running for office in a jurisdiction with over 2,000 registered voters, or 
  • You intend to raise $5,000 or more for your election campaign. 

If you need to file an F-1, you must do so within two weeks of declaring your candidacy. Click this link for F-1 instructions

If you’re running for cemetery district commissioner or precinct committee officer, you don’t have to file any reports to the Public Disclosure Commission, regardless of the number of voters are in the jurisdiction or how much you raise. 

The PDC website answers some Frequently Asked Questions for new candidates. To see a list of all reporting guides and help videos, see the Learn section of our website. 

Not sure what you need to file or need help submitting reports? Call us at (360) 753-1111 or send an email to pdc@pdc.wa.gov.