The candidate filing period for the May 6 primary election is open. The primary election will include seats from the County Council, Board of Commissioners, Hanover Town Council, state convention delegates, county assessor, county auditor, county clerk and sheriff, all township trustee and township advisory board positions, Jefferson County Superior Court judge, Jefferson County prosecutor, and state House and state Senate positions.

No city seats are up for election this year.

Residents can file in the voter registration office on the second floor of the Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The filing period ends Feb. 7 at noon.

New filings:

• Jim Smith, Republican, Indiana Senate District 45