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There are numerous municipal council seats up for election across the Gallatin Valley for those wanting a say in how their hometown is run.

The filing period started April 18 and will end at 5 p.m. on June 17, a little more than three weeks away.

In Belgrade there are four seats up for grabs including the mayor.

On the council, Anne Koentopp, Jim Simon and Jim Doyle are up for election. Belgrade is divided into three wards and officials serve for four years. A $10 filing fee is required.

Both Simon and Doyle said they are running again, but Koentopp is bowing out after decades on the Belgrade City Council. She serves Ward 1on city’s southwest side. Doyle is in Ward 2, which includes Ryenn Glen and Meadowlark subdivisions and a narrow swath north of Main Street. Simon serves Ward 3 that includes everything south of Main Street.

A detailed ward map can be found on the city’s website at http://ci.belgrade.mt.us/default.asp. Click on the “Voting Districts” link found on the left side of the page under the “Special Features” banner.

Mayor Russ Nelson is also up for election and he plans on running again. The mayor serves a two-year citywide term. Filing fee for the mayoral spot is also $10.

Interested candidates can file for office at the Elections Office on the second floor at Gallatin County Courthouse located at 311 W. Main St. in Bozeman.

In Manhattan, two four-year seats are up held by longtime Councilman Gregg Dietz and Councilman Steve Gonzlaes. Filing fees are $15.

Three Forks has three four-year seats up for election held by Deb Mickelberry, Steve Dahl and Teri Whitesitt. Filing fees are $10.

Three Forks Mayor Steven Hamliton is also giving up his seat to focus on teaching. (See story on A1.)