The filing period for persons interested in running for most public offices in Minnesota in 2014 opened Tuesday, May 20, and runs through Tuesday, June 3.

Candidates for federal, state, county and some local offices must file for office during this period for their names to appear on the ballot. However, some municipal and school district candidates for seats that don't require a primary election will file for office July 29 through Aug. 12.

Candidates for county office must file with their county auditor. In Fillmore County, the offices of sheriff, attorney, auditor/treasurer and recorder are up for election as are the seats of District 2 Commissioner Randy Dahl and District 4 Commissioner Duane Bakke. Also, candidates will be able to file for the seat of District 1 Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, who announced he is retiring this month.

This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

 Primary Election Day is Aug. 12, and General Election Day is Nov. 4.