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Candidate filing week begins

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KENNEWICK, Wash. – The November election may be five months away but the start of filing week on Monday is a significant benchmark for candidates hoping to make that ballot and the primary later this summer.

A busy midterm election is expected this year with key races like the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Patty Murray and all of the state's congressional seats including the one held by Republican Doc Hastings.

In the state legislature, all 98 house seats and 25 state senate seats are up for re-election. Three state Supreme Court seats and a number of court of appeals and superior court positions will also be on the ballot.

Those seeking office representing more than one county, such as federal or state representatives, must file with the Washington Secretary of State's office. Candidates for other positions need to file with their local county auditor.

Benton and Franklin counties have put the process online. The deadline to file is Friday, June 11. Washington's primary is August 17.