The 2018 election season is here and the statewide candidate filing period will be held April 11-13.

The 2018 election season is here and the statewide candidate filing period will be held April 11-13.

In Pottawatomie County, several county seats are up this term as well as seats on the Shawnee city commission.

Jeannie Stover, secretary of the Pottawatomie County Election Board, said filing will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The deadline for filing as a candidate is 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, no exceptions, she said.

Stover said that the following county offices will be filled this year:

• Pottawatomie County Assessor

• Pottawatomie County Treasurer

• Pottawatomie County Commissioner, District 1

• Pottawatomie County Commissioner, District 3

Also up for election this cycle are three seats on the Shawnee City Commission for Ward 1, 5 and 6.

The District Attorney seat for District 23, which serves Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties, is also up for filing this year. After four terms in office, District Attorney Richard L. Smothermon has announced he won't be seeking a fifth term.

In Lincoln County, the seats of County Assessor, County Treasurer and District 1 and 3 County Commissioner also are up for election this year.

Several state, legislative and judicial elections are scheduled this year as well, including House of Representatives for this area and Senators in even-numbered districts, along with U.S Representative.

Candidates for state offices will file their declarations of candidacy with the Secretary of the State Election Board, which is in Oklahoma City, while candidates running for county offices will file with the Secretary of the County Election Board.

For more election-related information, call the Pottawatomie County Election Board at

273-8376, or visit www.elections.ok.gov.