I've never run for public office myself, so I don't know what it feels like to hit "send" on the online paperwork that makes it official. I imagine there's a big gulp involved and maybe a thought: What have I gotten myself into?

Candidates are indeed making it official. Below are a couple of screenshots for county-level races over at the website of the state Public Disclosure Commission, which regulates campaigns. Here are the candidates who have declared for Chelan County offices, including three for a seat on the Chelan County Commission:

And here's what it looks like in Douglas County. No contested races yet, but there's still time with filing week not until the week of May 16.