The filing period opens Thursday for candidates wishing to run in the March 2 Democratic and Republican primary elections. Filing ends Jan. 4.

Locally, seats up for election are county judge, district attorney, district clerk, county clerk, county treasurer, justice of the peace in all four precincts, county commissioner precincts 2 and 4, the Democratic and Republican party chairmen and all 18 precinct chairs.

The seats of all 32 of the U.S. representatives from Texas are up for election.

Statewide, the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of public accounts, commissioners of general land office, commissioner of agriculture and railroad commissioner are up for election.

Additionally, the offices of all 150 state representatives – including 60th District Rep. Jim Keffer – 16 state senators, Texas Supreme Court places 3, 5 and 9, Court of Criminal Appeals places 2, 5 and 6, and Texas Board of Education districts 1,3,4,5,9,10,12 and 15 are open.

The seat of state Sen. Troy Fraser, whose district includes Brown County, is not up for election.

The new blue-and-white voter registration cards will be arriving in voters’ mailboxes within the next few days, Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young said.

There is a message on the card, “Return Service Requested,” that voters should ignore, Young said. That simply means the cards should not be forwarded and is for the post office and elections office to deal with, Young said.

If a voter receives a card in the mail addressed to someone who doesn’t live there, it should be returned to sender, she said.