So, you've always thought about getting into politics? It's time to make up your mind. The official filing season has started in Montana.

Statewide, the national attention will be on Montana's U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races, but there are many local positions on the Ravalli County ballot with a June primary and a November general election.

For the Montana legislature, a 2-year term is open for the State Senate and there are four 4-year terms in the county for the State House of Representatives.

County offices include County Commission, where three seats are open on the board, which is being reduced from five commissioners to three, starting in January 2019. The change, with the county being redistricted into three districts, was mandated by a 2016 public vote for a Local government Study Commission recommendation.

Also on the ballot will be elections for Clerk and Recorder, County Attorney/Auditor, Sheriff/Coroner, Treasurer/Assessor and Justice of the Peace.

The filing deadline is March 12 at the County Election Office in the Administration Center on South 4th in Hamilton. Filing fees range from $15 to $294, depending on the position.

The Primary election is June 5th.

There are also school board elections in the valley this year with filing deadline for the districts March 29 and the school election on May 8th.

For more information, check on online at the Ravalli County elections site.