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Resources for people running for city/town office

AWC provides education and resources to elected officials throughout the year, and this is particularly true during a city election year. Below are resources that may be of interest to prospective elected officials or newly-elected officials.

So you want to be an elected official…Practical information for people running for office in Washington’s cities and towns

This short pamphlet provides general information about what cities do, roles and responsibilities, how to work as part of a team, and where to go for more information. Cities can request additional copies and distribute, link to it on the city website, or email the resource to candidates.


Mayor & Councilmember Handbook

This handbook serves as a reference guide for mayors and councilmembers in Washington cities and towns operating under the mayor-council form of government. There are, however, materials on issues which also directly concern elected officials in council-managers cities. It covers the job of a mayor and councilmember, budget basics, council meetings, ethics, and other resources.


Tips for the 2017 election cycle

This one-page tips sheet provides resources and important dates for prospective candidates.


Elected Officials Essentials

December 2 | Various locations
AWC’s Elected Officials Essentials is a training tailored to newly-elected officials, and also provides valuable information for returning officials. The workshop, held in twelve locations throughout the state, covers basic legal obligations and liabilities, along with elected official statutory roles and responsibilities.


Open government eLearning

These customized, online courses help elected officials meet state-required training for the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act.


Candidate information resources for local government elective offices

MRSC webpage that provides candidate information resources of special interest to local government elective office candidates in Washington State.


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Includes publications, city data, and eLearning.

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