With a number of elected positions on this fall's ballot, local candidates will soon want to throw their hats into the ring.

According to the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State, the candidate filing period for state primary and general election, as well as municipal and school districts in which a primary is possible is May 20 through June 3.

In Houston County, commissioners from districts two and four (incumbents Justin Zmyewski and Teresa Walter, respectively), will be on the ballot. Other county posts up for election in 2014 include auditor, district court judge, sheriff, county attorney, county recorder, and Soil and Water Conservation Board members for districts one and two.

La Crescent resident Mark Inglett has already announced his candidacy for the post of Houston County sheriff. Inglett is a member of the Minnesota State Patrol.

In the city of Spring Grove, the posts of mayor and two seats on the city council will be up for grabs. Incumbents are Bruce Poole (mayor), and council members Lorilyn Dehning and Robert Vogel.

Independent School District no. 297 (Spring Grove Public Schools) will elect three directors to the school board. Since those positions will not require a primary, filing will be in mid-August. The district is also considering placing a referendum renewal on the ballot this fall, Superintendent Rachel Udstuen reported last week.

Statewide elections for 2014 will include U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Representative, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Attorney General.

The primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, while Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Absentee ballots for the primary will be available on June 27, while those for the fall election will be available beginning on Sept. 19. The pre-registration deadlines for voters are July 22 and Oct. 14, but voters can also register on Election Day. Online voter registration is now available in Minnesota, at mnvotes.org.