WORTHINGTON — Tuesday marked the first day for candidates to file for the offices of U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, County Commissioner and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. The filing period will continue until 5 p.m. June 2.

Serving southwest Minnesota, positions up for election include one U.S. Senate seat (currently occupied by Tina Smith), District 1 U.S. Representative (Jim Hagedorn), District 7 U.S. Representative (Collin Peterson); District 22 State Senator (Bill Weber); District 23 State Senator (Julie Rosen); District 22A State Representative (Joe Schomacker); District 22B State Representative (Rod Hamilton); and District 23A State Representative (Bob Gunther).

In Nobles County, three commissioner seats are up for election in November, including District 1 (currently served by Justin Ahlers), District 3 (Matt Widboom) and District 4 (Bob Demuth Jr.). As of late Tuesday afternoon, Ahlers had filed for reelection to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners.

Soil and Water Supervisor seats are open in District 1 (Leota, Lismore, Larkin and Wilmont townships), now filled by Jim Knips; District 2 (Westside, Olney, Grand Prairie and Little Rock townships), now filled by Ken Wolf; and District 3 (Worthington, Dewald, Summit Lake and Bloom townships), now filled by Lynn Darling.

In counties where a primary is not conducted, filing deadlines are later for cities and school districts, as well as townships who opted to be part of the general election in November. These filing periods are open from July 28 until 5 p.m. Aug. 11. In Nobles County, all cities and school districts use the later filing deadline.

For more information on filing, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website at https://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/.

Filing opportunities and current filings in area counties are as follows:

Cottonwood County: Commissioner seats on the November ballot include District 2 (currently served by Kevin Stevens); and District 4 (Norman Holmen). Both incumbents had filed on Tuesday. Cottonwood Soil and Water Supervisor seats open for election include District 2 (Carson, Delton and Lakeside townships), now filled by Cody Duroe; District 4 (Amo, Highwater, Springfield and Storden townships), now filled by Tom Muller; and District 5 (Ann, Rosehill, Southbrook and Westbrook townships), now filled by Jeremy Nerem.

Jackson County: Commissioner seats on the November ballot include District 1 (currently served by Scott McClure); District 3 (Cathy Hohenstein) and District 5 (James Eigenberg). As of Tuesday afternoon, all county commissioner incumbents had filed for reelection. Jackson Soil and Water Supervisor seats open for election include District 1 (Alba, LaCrosse, Weimer and West Heron Lake townships), now filled by David Hussong; District 3 (Delafield, Hunter, Heron Lake and Minneota townships), now filled by Dennis Daberkow; and District 5 (Christiania, Belmont, Kimball and Enterprise townships), now filled by Larry G. Hansen.

Murray County: Commissioner seats on the ballot include District 1 (currently served by James Jens); District 2 (Lori Gunnink) and District 5 (Dave Thiner). Murray Soil and Water Supervisor seats open for election include District 3 (Shetek, Holly, Murray and Dovray townships), now filled by Shannon Cohrs; District 4 (Lime Lake, Des Moines River, Bondin and Belfast townships), now filled by Mona Henkels; and District 5 (Chanarambie, Leeds, Moulton and Fenton townships), now filled by Karen Hurd.

Rock County: Commissioner seats on the ballot include District 1 (currently served by Gary Overgaard); District 3 (Greg Burger) and District 5 (Jody Reisch). Rock Soil and Water Supervisor seats open for election include District 1 (Mound and Luverne townships), now filled by Eugene Cragoe, District 3 (Magnolia, Kanaranzi and Clinton townships), now filled by Roger Hoff and District 4 (Beaver Creek and Martin townships), now filled by Dave Esslink.

Pipestone County: Commissioner seats on the ballot include District 1 (currently served by Luke Johnson); District 3 (Bruce Kooiman) and District 5 (Chris Hollingsworth). As of late Tuesday afternoon, Johnson and Hollingsworth had filed for reelection. Pipestone Soil and Water Supervisor seats open for election include District 1 (Elmer and Osborne townships), now filled by Calvin Spronk; District 2 (Eden and Sweet townships), now filled by Ian Cunningham; and District 3 (Gray and Grange townships), now filled by Ken Christensen.