The next council elections will occur in 2017.
Filing For Candidacy:
All candidates shall file declarations of candidacy with the County Auditor, during regular business hours beginning the Monday two weeks before Memorial Day and ending the following Friday in the year such regular City elections are held (RCW 29A.24.040). A filing fee equal to one percent of the annual salary of the office at the time of filing shall accompany the declaration of candidacy for any office with an annual salary of more than one thousand dollars per annum (RCW 29A.24.101). The filing fee for Longview City Council members which accompanies the Declaration of Candidacy form is $108.00. State law makes provisions for candidates who lack sufficient assets or income to pay the filing fee.
A primary election is only necessary when more than two candidates have filed for the same position. The primary election shall be conducted in the manner provided by the laws of the State of Washington. Primary elections are held on the first Tuesday of August (RCW 29A.04.321).
All cities' general elections shall be held throughout the state on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, in the year in which they may be called (RCW 29A.04.330).
How a vacancy is filled:
RCW 42.12.070 provides that the office held by a member of the City Council which becomes vacant is to be filled for the period of time between the occurrence of the vacancy and the next regular municipal election by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the City Council. If the majority cannot agree upon such an appointment within 90 days after the occurrence of the vacancy, their power to appoint ceases and the County Commissioners are empowered to fill the vacancy.
Generally, the Council opens up a filing period for the vacancy and requests each candidate to complete an application form. The candidates are then interviewed during a public Council meeting. Council may deliberate “to evaluate qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office. However, any interview of such candidate and final action appointing a candidate to elective office shall be in a meeting open to the public”. (RCW 42.30.110)
If any elected or appointed Councilmember moves outside the city boundary, then that Councilmember shall thereby forfeit the office of Councilmember and that position shall be deemed vacant.