Our Endorsement Process
The Skagit Democrats have a simple yet comprehensive process to ensure we certify and/or endorse only those candidates who support our Democratic values. We ask candidates seeking certification as a Democrat submit an application establishing their credentials as a Democrat. And those candidates seeking endorsement by our party must provide background information pertinent to their candidacy in the candidate questionnaire (available below).
We may also schedule interviews with the Endorsement Committee in order to ask specific questions about the candidate’s position statements on key issues.
Based upon the information provided by the candidates, the Endorsement Committee will make recommendations to the membership on which candidates to endorse. Thereafter, at the Members Endorsement meeting, members will make the final decision on endorsements after receiving the Committee’s recommendations and hearing from the candidates themselves.
A timeline for our Certification and Endorsement process is available below. There is now a process for early Certification and Endorsement to enable candidates earlier access to our party’s resources.
During election years Skagit Democrats sets aside funds to support the campaigns of our endorsed Democrats running for office. Endorsed candidates may request financial support by contacting the Endorsement Committee. Funds and in-kind donations are awarded by the Executive Board after taking into account racial and/or economic equity issues as well as availability of funds.
To learn more about this process, please see the following documents:
- Due to the large number of expected candidates, the sooner you send your applications in to the Endorsement Committee, the sooner we can review your documents.
For convenience, you can find all of these documents, including their PDF versions, in the Google Drive folder linked here. If you should have any questions, please contact the Endorsement Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 17 – Candidate filing begins. File online with WA Secretary of State (here) or in-person after 9am at Skagit County Elections, 700 S 2nd St, Room 201 Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
May 21 – All candidate filing ends at 4 p.m.
May 24 – Last day to withdraw from ballot.
May 25 – Last day for Secretary of State to certify candidates to County Auditors.
May 26 – Last day to submit candidate statements & photographs for state Voters’ Pamphlet. Start early!
July 15 – Deadline to file a Write-in Declaration of Candidacy form without paying a filing fee for the August Primary.
August 3 – Primary Election
October 14 – Deadline to file a Write-in Declaration of Candidacy form without paying a filing fee for the November General.
November 2 – General Election
May 26: Deadline for first round of Certification requests (for approval on June 1st)
May 27-31: First round of Certification requests considered by Endorsement Committee for recommendation to Executive Board.
June 1: First round of Certifications ratified by the Executive Board.
June 11: Final Deadline for Certification requests (for approval on June 28-30).
June 19-27: Final Certification requests considered by Endorsement Committee for recommendation to the Executive Board.
June 28-30: Ratification by Executive Board of final Certification recommendations from the Endorsement Committee and consideration of appeals by any candidates not included in the recommendations.
May 26: Deadline for first round of Endorsement requests.
May 27-31: First round of Endorsement requests considered by Endorsement Committee for recommendation to members for approval.
June 12: Meeting of membership to consider recommendations by the Endorsement Committee from the first round of Endorsement Requests.
June 18: Final Deadline for Requesting Endorsement
June 19-27: Final Endorsement requests considered by Endorsement Committee for recommendation to the membership.
June 30: Notice of date, time and agenda to SCDCC ten days prior to Endorsement meeting. We strive to publish links to candidates’ websites and Facebook Pages if provided by candidates in SCDP newsletter and website.
July 10: SCDCC Endorsement meeting to consider remaining Endorsement requests.
August 3: Primary