In order to run for office in the fall, candidates must apply this week.
Candidate filing started Monday and continues through 4 p.m. Friday.
In Monroe, there are no city elections this year; four council members have terms that will expire next year.
But two Monroe-area legislators who represent the 39th District in Olympia will have to run to keep their seats.
Veteran Dan Kristiansen and rookie Elizabeth Scott, both Republicans, have terms that expire at the end of the year.
Scott is completing her second year ever of service as a representative. For a recap of her activities during the 2014 legislative session see here.
Kristiansen was first elected in 2002, and has served every year since. He has become a powerful member of the Republican Party, and last year was named head of the Republican Caucus. To see his account of the last session, see here. For a recap of his voting record on key issues, see http://www.monroemonitor.com/2014/03/25/voted-recap-local-lawmakers-voted-key-bills-2014/.
State representative terms, like United States representatives, have two-year terms.
On the national stage, Democrat Suzan DelBene, who represents the Sky Valley as part of the 1st District of Washington, is facing a race this year after her first term in office.
Already she has three opponents.
In late February, a Republican challenger stepped forward. Pedro Celis of Redmond, a retired Microsoft engineer, has raised about $200,000 in the month since he announced his candidacy, $36,000 of that his own. He was born in Mexico, and was a Washington State leader in a Hispanic effort to elect Bush in 2004.
Ed Moats of Arlington for six years was an analyst for the Snohomish County Council until 2008.
The most recent challenger to step forward is Robert Sutherland of Granite Falls. He stated that his decision to run was based partly on a wish to get DelBene out of office because of her support of Obamacare.
DelBene is considerably ahead in the funding race, with $1.2 million already in the coffers. Moats and Sutherland both have reported about $1,000 in funding so far.
The top two vote-getters in the primary will proceed to the general election in the fall.