PORT TOWNSEND — Both Jefferson and Clallam counties will have an extended filing period open next week to try and field candidates for the elected offices that still lack contenders after last week’s filing period ended.
Starting Tuesday, May 30 and running through Thursday, June 1, both the Clallam and Jefferson county elections offices will accept candidate filings in person from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The online filing option for both counties will open at 9 a.m. May 30 and close at 4 p.m. June 1.
The elections offices decided to use the same dates for the extended filing period because many of the open positions will be on both county ballots, according to Jefferson County Elections Coordinator Betty Johnson.
The filing period will only be open to candidates filing for positions left empty after last Friday’s filing deadline.
In Clallam County those positions are: West End-area Cape Flattery School Board District 1 director seat; West End-area county Fire District No. 1, Position 2 commissioner; and Fire District No. 1, Position commissioner 5 after Lowell McQuoid was removed from office after three consecutive unexcused absences.
In Jefferson County, 15 elected positions were left with no candidates after last week’s filing deadline.
Open for filing next week is all four director-at-large positions in the Queets/Clearwater School District; three commissioner positions in the Clearwater Fire District; and director-at-large, Position 1 in the Brinnon School District.
Filing will also be open for the Clallam-Jefferson Fire Protection District No. 1 commissioner, Position 2; Paradise Bay Water District commissioner, Position 1; and all five commissioner positions for the Brinnon Parks and Recreation District.