CHARLESTON — The filing period for candidates for the 2020 election begins later this month.

Coles County Clerk Julie Coe said she wanted to notify or remind potential candidates that they can begin filing nominating petitions on Nov. 25. The filing period runs until Dec. 2, she said.

The filings will be for candidates to appear on the March 17 primary election ballot. Primary winners advance to the general election on Nov. 3 of next year.

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Completed candidate petitions and nominating papers will be filed at the County Clerk's Office in the courthouse in Charleston. The filing period will be abbreviated because the courthouse will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28 and 29.

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County offices up for election next year are state’s attorney, circuit clerk and coroner as well as six of the 12 seats on the Coles County Board. Political party precinct committeemen will be elected during the primary.

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In addition, 2020 is the election year for U.S. president along with federal and state lawmakers.

Coe said anyone with questions or wanting more information can contact the clerk's office at 217-348-0523 or elections@co.coles.il.us.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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