It’s already that time of year – time for eligible Ketchikan residents to consider whether they want to run for local elected office.

Paperwork is available through the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerks’ offices. Potential candidates can get started on obtaining the necessary signatures on petitions to run, along with other filing requirements.

According to the City of Ketchikan clerk’s office, two seats are open this year on the Ketchikan City Council. The three-year seats currently are held by Judy Zenge and Lew Williams III.

To qualify for city elected office, you must be at least 18 years old, a city resident for at least one year, and a registered voter.

According to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerk’s office, open seats include the borough mayor position, now held by David Landis; and two three-year terms on the borough assembly, now held by Rodney Dial and Judith McQuerry.

Two three-year seats and a single one-year seat are open on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board. Those seats currently are held by Leslie Becker, Tom Heutte and Bridget Mattson.

To qualify for borough elected office, you must be at least 18 years old, be a registered voter within the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and have lived in the borough for at least a year.

The official filing period for both the city and borough opens on August 1st. The deadline to file for local elected office is noon on Aug. 26th. The election is October 1st.