WORTHINGTON — Tuesday marked the first day for individuals to file as a candidate for a variety of federal, state and county leadership positions. The filing period will continue until 5 p.m. June 2.

Serving southwest Minnesota, federal positions up for election include one U.S. Senate seat (currently occupied by Tina Smith), District 1 U.S. Representative (Jim Hagedorn), and District 7 U.S. Representative (Collin Peterson).

At the state level, District 22 Sen. Bill Weber (Republican incumbent) has filed and has two challengers thus far in Brian Abrahamson as a Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Now candidate and Shawna Marshall as a DFL candidate. District 23 State Sen. Julie Rosen (Republican incumbent) has filed for reelection, with challenger David Pulkrabek filing as a candidate with Legal Marijuana Now. District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton (Republican incumbent) has also filed for reelection. District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker (Republican incumbent) has yet to file, and no others have file yet for that seat. District 23A Rep. Bob Gunther previously announced he would not seek reelection.; Bjorn Olson has filed on the Republican ticket.

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 (Robert Demuth Jr.). Thus far, Ahlers and Demuth have filed for reelection.

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. As of Friday, Nathan Thier had filed as a candidate for District 2.

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 have filed for reelection thus far.

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. Both Duroe and Muller have filed for reelection.

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). All three incumbents have filed for reelection thus far.

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). Thus far, Molly Malone and James Jens have filed to campaign for the District 1 seat.

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.

Pipestone County: Commissioner seats on the ballot include District 1 (currently served by Luke Johnson); District 3 (Bruce Kooiman) and District 5 (Chris Hollingsworth). Both Johnson and Hollingsworth have filed for reelection thus far.

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.

Rock County: Commissioner seats on the ballot include District 1 (currently served by Gary Overgaard); District 3 (Greg Burger) and District 5 (Jody Reisch). All three incumbents have filed for reelection thus far.

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.