The election process in Washington state kicks into a higher gear this week. Candidates for US Congress, governor, and dozens of state positions have until May 20 to file for office.
When votes are cast for U.S. president this fall, Washington residents will also decide on about 350 state positions.
Most are voted on locally, for roles like state representatives and county judges.
But Washington's highest ranking officials are also up for election. All 10 U-S House members, one U.S. Senate seat, Washington's entire executive team including the governor, and dozens more.
Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says with multiple hotly contested races, it will be a "feast for voters" when ballots come out.
She's also up for re-election, and is campaigning against Democrat Tina Podlodowski.
Candidates pay to file, at a rate of one percent of the salary. So, for state Supreme Court candidates who would make $180,000 annually, they pay about $1,800.
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