The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Dena Martin

Candidate Filing Week is May 13-17


COLUMBIA and WALLA WALLA Counties—Candidates filing for 2018 local and state elections opens Mon., May 13 and runs through Fri., May 17. Candidates for joint districts must file with the lead county.

In Walla Walla County, candidates may electronically submit declarations of candidacy through at the Online Candidate Filing Start Page which will be available Mon., May 13 at 9 a.m. through Fri., May 17 at 4 p.m.

Walla Walla County candidates may also file in-person at the elections office at 310 W. Poplar St. May 13 – 17. Office hours are Mon – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Declarations of Candidacy may also be mailed in starting April 29.

A full listing of 2019 open Walla Walla County positions can be found at:

Openings specific to Waitsburg, Prescott and Dixie include:

Dixie school board, seats 1-5

Waitsburg school board, seats 1,2,4 and 5

Prescott school board, seats 2-4

Prescott mayor

Prescott city council, seats 3-5

Fire protection district commissioner seats

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District, subdivisions 1,4 and 5

Waitsburg Park and Recreation District, subdivisions 1,2 and 4

In Columbia County, candidates may file in person at the elections office, located at 341 E. Main in Dayton, or by mail. Office hours are Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Candidates may also file electronically through the Columbia County website at:

Columbia County 2019 openings include:

Columbia County Hospital District Commissioner, position 1

Port of Columbia Commissioner, district 1

County Commissioner, district 1


City Council, positions 4 and 6

Town of Starbuck Clerk/Treasurer

Town Council, positions 1-3 and 5

Dayton School District, districts 2-5 (4 and 5 are at-large)

Starbuck School District, districts 1-3 and 5 (at-large)

Fire District 1, position 1

Fire District 2, position 1

Fire District 3, position 3

Key Dates

Candidate filings accepted by mail April 30 – May 17

Candidate filing week May 13 – May 17

Lot drawing to determine ballot order May 17

Last day to withdraw candidacy May 20


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