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Five of 11 seats on the Billings City Council are open this year, and candidates who want to run can file starting Monday.

Three of the five seats are held by two-term incumbents who can't run again, while the other two have first-term council members who plan to run for re-election.

Council members Peggie Gaghen, Vince Ruegamer and Dick Clark can't run again. Gaghen represents the Ward 1, Ruegamer represents Ward 3 and Clark represents Ward 5.

Council members Denis Pitman from Ward 2 and Jani McCall from Ward 4 plan to run for re-election, they said Friday.

The filing period for the September primary begins Monday morning. Pitman and McCall said they will be in the Yellowstone County Election Office Monday morning to file for re-election.

A City Council term is four years and pays $7,200 a year, plus benefits. The filing fee is $72.

Those who advance from the primary election will be on the general election ballot Nov. 8.

Other open offices are Billings municipal judge, two seats on the Broadview commission and four Laurel alderman seats.

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