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SIOUX CITY -- Some people have already announced plans to run for office in 2018, and as of Monday those Iowans can officially begin filing nomination papers to become candidates.

Monday marks the opening day in the Iowa candidate filing period for state and federal offices, such as the Iowa Legislature, governor and congressional posts. That period runs for three weeks through March 16.

Additionally, the candidate filing period for county elective offices in Iowa begins on March 5 and runs through March 28.

In Woodbury County, four elective office positions covering terms of four years will be on the 2018 ballot. Four incumbents face re-election Democratic county attorney P.J. Jennings, Republican treasurer Mike Clayton and two of the five Woodbury County supervisors -- Republican Jeremy Taylor in District 2 and Republican Matthew Ung in District 4.

On Friday, Ung announced plans to run for re-election. Taylor, Jennings and Clayton have not yet said whether they will run again.

The midterm general elections that will determine a host of federal, state and local offices will take place on Nov. 6. Republicans and Democrats will select their respective party's nominees in Iowa's June 5 primary election.

Candidate filings are already underway in Nebraska and South Dakota.

In Nebraska, Feb. 15 marked the last day for any current office holder to file for office on the primary ballot. The last day for non-incumbents to file for office for the primary election is Thursday, and on March 23 the Nebraska Secretary of State will certify candidates, offices and issues to be placed on the statewide ballot.

In South Dakota, March 27 marks the filing deadline for the June 5 primary election candidates. The primary election day in South Dakota is on June 5, the same as in Iowa.


County and education reporter

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