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Time to File and Run for Precinct Committee Officer (PCO)

A Group of 34th Dems PCOs

Every two years, the elected structure of local Democratic Party dissolves and reforms itself. In December, the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) will hold a reorganization meeting and elect a new board of officers.* At our January meeting, the 34th District Democrats will hold our reorganization meeting and elect a new Chair and Executive Board.  If you are an elected PCO, you will receive an “Official Call” to attend these meetings. Elected PCOs, and ONLY ELECTED PCOs, get to vote in these elections. 

To be elected (or re-elected) as a PCO in your precinct, you MUST file for election during filing week, May 16-20.  The 34th Democrats are not allowed to appoint PCOs to fill vacant precincts until after the board is elected.

The first step in the process is to file to run for PCO with King County Elections.  There is NO filing fee. When you run, you are filing to be a candidate for public office and your information is accessible by the public. If more than one person files for the same precinct, their names will be on the ballot for the August primary. If you are unopposed, you will not be on the ballot, but you will be considered elected.

The filing period for online filing is from 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 16 until 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 20. To file, go to the King County Elections website here and click on the link for PCO filing.

If you don’t want to file online, you can print the “PCO declaration of candidacy” from the Paper Forms section here and mail it to, or take it to, King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057 and file in person. The time line for paper filings is expanded. It starts 10 business days earlier, May 2.

ALL FILINGS MUST BE AT KING COUNTY ELECTIONS BY 4 PM MAY 20, regardless of post marks or other circumstances. Mailed Declarations of Candidacy may be submitted in advance up to ten business days (May 2) before the filing period begins, but online filing MUST occur between 9:00 AM Monday May 16, and 4:00 PM Friday, May 20. Early arrivals will be returned to the candidate and late arrivals will not be accepted, so be timely.  We suggest that you file on the first day and verify later, that you are on the list, so there are no mistakes. If you are unclear what your precinct is, you can click here precinct finder or ask Les Treall ( or 206-948-5423) to look it up for you.