The Jefferson County Board of Elections is accepting designating petitions for 2013 political races until 5 p.m. Thursday.
Designating petitions are for candidates running on a party line. Candidates planning to run for City Council seats also must file their nonpartisan designating petitions this week.
All 15 Jefferson County Board of Legislators seats are up for election this year, as is the Jefferson County clerks position and two Watertown City Council Seats.
Two longtime county legislators, Barry M. Ormsby, R-Belleville, and Michael W. Behling, R-Adams, have announced they will be stepping down from their positions at the end of their terms this year.
Three potential candidates have emerged for Mr. Behlings seat.
Jeremiah J. Maxon and Jayson J. Jones, both from Adams and both Republicans, announced that they were planning to run during a meeting of the Jefferson County Republican Committee in early June.
Two weeks later, Donna J. Bohn, a Democrat from Adams, also announced that she was planning to run.
Patrick R. Jareo, a Republican from Ellisburg, announced that he would seek Mr. Ormsbys seat.
Jefferson County Clerk Cheryl D. Lane announced that she would not be seeking a second term this fall and instead would support deputy Gizelle J. Meeks during a news conference held by the Jefferson County Republican Committee on June 3 at the Black River Valley Club.
In the City Council race, incumbents Teresa R. Macaluso and Jeffrey M. Smith may be facing challengers Rodney J. LaFave, Cody J. Horbacz, Jasmine W. Borreggine and Stephen A. Jennings. If more than four candidates present valid petitions, there will be a runoff election on Primary Day to narrow the field to four.
There also are several town and village positions up for election this year.
Candidates planning to run independent of a political party can begin circulating their petitions today and must submit them to the Board of Elections from Aug. 13 through 20.
The primary election among the party candidates will be held Sept. 10. The general election is Nov. 5.