Kay Pesnell filed for re-election Friday as Douglas County's register of deeds.
Pesnell, a Democrat, became the first person to file for a county government office before the August primary and November general elections.
She is seeking her second full term after being elected in 2004. She took over the position in 2002 when longtime Register of Deeds Susan Neustifter retired. She has worked in the register's office since 1990.
Pesnell's office has six full-time employees. The office is responsible for maintaining records related to every piece of real estate in the county.
Employees record mortgage documents, file utility easements, track powers of attorney and other matters tied to property. Title companies, banks and others then review the register's documents before signing off on mortgages and property sales.
In the past five years, 100,000 documents have been recorded.
County township boards also will have elections this year. The only candidate to file so far is Democrat Jim Jolly, of Overbrook, who is seeking re-election as treasurer on the Marion Township board.
The filing deadline for township, county and state offices is June 10.