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2024 Kitsap County Offices Open for Filing

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Political Candidate Quick Start

Register with the PDC (Public Disclosure Commission)

Within two weeks* of the date you become a candidate, you must file a 

Personal Financial Affairs Statement (https://www.pdc.wa.gov/registration-reporting/forms-reports-directory)

AND​

Candidate Registration (https://www.pdc.wa.gov/campaign-online-filing)     

Acquire a P.O. Box

Ensure that your campaign mailing address is separate from your personal mailing address.

Find People to Help with Campaign Management and Administration

Examples include:

Campaign Manager, Campaign Treasurer (or, you can be your own treasurer)

Acquire a EIN (Employer identification Number) for Your Campaign

Go to the IRS website @ https://sa.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp

Open a Political Candidate Bank Account

Not all banks have an option to open a candidate bank account.

Candidates must open a separate campaign account in a bank, credit union or savings and loan institution if they accept monetary contributions.

A candidate who personally funds his/her entire campaign and accepts no contributions does not have to open a bank account.  These candidates are required to make campaign books of account, which may include the personal checkbook register, available for public inspection by appointment the week before the election.

Acquire a Fundraising Account that Links to Your Bank Account

Anedot is commonly used for political campaigns:  (https://www.anedot.com/) 

 

File for Office May 6-10, 2024

Requires paying a filing fee based on seat.

File In-person, By Mail, or Online (https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/online-candidate-filing.aspx)

 

Prepare Local Voter’s Guide Candidate Statement

Acquire a professional photo of head and shoulders.

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