29. May 2023 · Comments Off on Emerald of Siam – How to run for office · Categories: Recent Events

How to run for local office and support candidates in 2023!

Saturday, May 29, at the Emerald of Siam at 2:00 PM

On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/211257724958463.

2023 is an “off-year” election where many nonpartisan seats on local city council and school board jurisdictions across Benton County will be up for re-election. Come learn what it takes to be a candidate as we break down and demystify the process of running for office. We need quality people to step up and serve our communities, especially with all the challenges we’ve been facing in our Tri-Cities community. You do not have to be wealthy and/or retired to be a successful candidate!

Filing week in Washington state officially opens Monday May 15 at 9:00 AM. This is the time frame in which individuals must declare their candidacy before the deadline of Friday May 19 at 4:00 PM to run in 2023.

The Benton County Democrats are encouraging community members to run this year who share our principles and values. A complete list of open seats across the county is available here, https://voter.votewa.gov/ScheduledRaces.aspx?y=2023&c=03. This includes positions in Benton City, Finley, Kennewick, Prosser, Richland, and West Richland.

Running for office the first time can feel intimidating, but we are here to help you get started! While we do not endorse candidates in nonpartisan races, we want to help people learn more about what it takes to run a campaign and understand how much local elections shape our communities.

Don’t think you’re cut out to be a candidate? There are still many opportunities to get involved and make a difference by supporting candidates! Please come and join our database of campaign volunteers.

Email elections@bencodems.org to reserve a seat at this event so we can plan accordingly. There is no cost to attend.

More information about this year’s election cycle is available from the Benton County Auditor’s office, https://bentonauditor.com/Guide%20to%20Elections%20and…