Who Must Report

Personal financial information is disclosed by candidates at the start of the campaign and annually by elected officials, state boards and commissions members, state agency directors, and legislative and gubernatorial professional staff. This information allows the public to assess whether state officials may have conflicts of interest.  

State Level:  The following persons holding or seeking state office must file F-1 reports:

  • Elected Officials -- All persons elected to state office, including newly elected officials who may have filed an F‑1 as a candidate just a few months earlier;
  • Appointees to Elective Office -- Persons appointed to fill vacant elective offices;
  • Candidates -- Anyone running for legislative or state-wide executive office; and
  • Appointed State Officials -- The professional staff of the Governor's Office and the Legislature as well as other "executive state officers" designated in RCW 42.17A.705.

Local Level:  If a jurisdiction has at least 2,000 registered voters as of the last general election, then the following persons must file an F-1 report:

  • Elected Officials -- All persons elected to county, city, town or other local office (even though the person may have filed an F-1 as a candidate only a few months ago);
  • Appointees to Elective Office -- Persons appointed to fill vacant elective offices;
  • Candidates -- Anyone seeking an elective office, and
  • all charter school directors.
Judicial Branch:  All judges holding, seeking or appointed to the bench in these courts:
  • State Courts - Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and Superior Courts,
  • District Courts, and
  • Municipal Courts - only when the position is an elected office and there are 2,000 or more registered voters in the city.

Who Is Exempt From Reporting

The following people do not need to file the personal financial affairs statement, PDC form F-1.

  • Candidates for federal office or officials holding federal government positions.
  • Candidates and elected officials in jurisdictions that had fewer than 2,000 registered voters at the time of the last general election, unless
    • a "petition for disclosure" has been filed with PDC or the jurisdiction has passed a local ordinance requiring disclosure (Skykomish School District is one such exception), or
    • a candidate receives or expects to receive contributions of $5,000 or more in the aggregate.
  • Cemetery district commissioners and candidates
  • Precinct committee officers and candidates
  • Officials and candidates in districts that have special qualifications for voting, such as property ownership.  These districts include:  agricultural pest control, conservation, diking, drainage, educational service (ESD),* flood control, irrigation, intercounty weed, irrigation and reclamation, irrigation and rehabilitation, mosquito control, public waterway, sewer improvement, and weed.

agricultural pest control

conservation

diking

drainage

educational service (ESD)  (*This educational service district exemption does not apply to school district directors or charter school board members.)

flood control

irrigation

intercounty weed

irrigation and reclamation

irrigation and rehabilitation

mosquito control

public waterway

sewer improvement

weed