Which means that a lot of what you already know about who's running for what office is about to become officially—officially!—official.
One interesting wrinkle in this process is that, thanks to arrival of the top-two primary, candidates these days get to choose how they want to be identified on the ballot.
So, for example, Tim Sutinen, a candidate for state legislature in southwestern Washington, has noted that he "Prefers Lower Taxes Party." That's exactly what will appear on the ballot: "Tim Sutinen, Prefers Lower Taxes Party."
There's been much talk about the potential for confusion in allowing candidates to describe their own parties, and in the KIRO 7 interview with Republican Dino Rossi that I posted earlier, Rossi and Essex Porter got into it a bit over that issue:
Essex Porter: Will you run with the word Republican next to your name on the ballot this time?
Dino Rossi: Well, I am a Republican. From the first campaign on, it's always been Dino Rossi, GOP. But, you know, doesn't matter, everybody knows I'm a Republican.
Porter: So will you have "Republican" or "GOP" next to your name on the ballot?
Rossi: Who knows. Generally, GOP, because that's the branding that we've done from the start. You know, you're not going to go on TV as Essex Smith, are you?
Porter: Probably not as Essex Smith. But, the real branding is Essex Porter, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. And, you know, in your previous campaign, you ran as "Prefers GOP Party." It was clear from the polling that that confused some folks who did not necessarily connect that with "Republican."
Rossi: Yeah. I think this year, whether it's good or bad, it's probably not going to be as great to have a D by your name. But that doesn't change what I've always done, which is GOP, and it's from my first race in 1992.
For the record, Rossi has not yet filed his candidacy papers. Like everyone else, he has until the end of the week.