Campaigns for the next run of election aren't quite yet underway, but you could about hold your breath until they are.
State Rep. Mike Hope (R, 44th) announced this week that he's running for Snohomish County Executive in 2011. His early announcement is probably in part because he only has until December 10th to raise money until after the legislative session ends (while candidates who aren't state legislators can raise money throughout the session).
This isn't meant as a snark at Hope, of course; but it is a bit of snark at a systemic structure that puts candidates in the position of fundraising for the next election before the paperwork on the last one is even done. Is there a better way?