Methow Valley residents interested in running for a seat on the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District Commission will need to file from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14.

The special three-day filing period for the recreation district commission was announced last week by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office. The filing period will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12 and will end at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.

All candidates will appear on the special election ballot on April 22.

Candidates must be registered voters within the proposed district, which has the same boundaries as the Methow Valley School District No. 350.

The commission, which will be responsible for governing the recreation district, will have five at-large positions. Candidates must file for a specific position and can only file for one of the five commission seats, the auditor said.

Election winners will serve terms of one year, three years or five years, with the highest vote-getters having the longer terms.

Candidates can file in one of three ways: by appearing in person at the auditor’s office in Okanogan; by registering on line at; or by mailing in a Declaration of Candidacy form, which can be found on the Washington Secretary of State’s website under “Elections and Voting.”

Backers of the proposed recreation district gathered enough signatures to place the measure on the April ballot. The district would be a special taxing district with the ability to raise money through a property tax to maintain and support recreational opportunities in the Methow Valley.

For information or questions about candidate filing or the election call the auditor’s office at (509) 422-7240.