Local residents may still be taking it easy in the mid-July summer heat, but for the region's politically minded, Monday is the beginning of a hectic campaign season.


Local residents seeking to run for local office have plenty of chances to do so this year, with a total of 53 local seats up for grabs.


Fourteen local municipal offices are up for election in this election cycle:


Two of the five Adelanto City Council seats


Two of the five Apple Valley Town Council seats


In Barstow, the mayor, two city council members, the city clerk and the city treasurer


Two of the five Hesperia City Council member positions


Three of the five Victorville City Council positions


Thirty local school district positions will be on the ballot:


Two Adelanto School District board positions


Two Apple Valley Unified School District board positions


Three Barstow Community College governing board positions


Three Barstow Unified School District board seats


Two Helendale School District board positions


Two Hesperia Unified School District board seats


Two Lucerne Valley Unified School District board positions


One Oro Grande School District board member


Three Rim of the World Unified School District board members


Two Silver Valley Unified School District board members


Two Snowline Joint Unified School District board members


Two Victor Elementary School board positions


Two Victor Valley Community College District board members


Two Victor Valley Union High School District positions


Nine local special district positions are also up for grabs:


Three Apple Valley Fire Protection District director positions


Two Hesperia Recreation and Park District board members


Four Mojave Water Agency director positions


Candidates in local elections can begin picking up the paperwork to file for office on Monday. Candidates looking to run for Town Council in Apple Valley or City Council in Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia or Victorville would stop by the office of the city clerk in their community to pick up the paperwork. For all other local races, the paperwork is available from the Registrar of Voter's office in San Bernardino. The paperwork must be turned in by Aug. 10.


Those not planning on running for office, but just voting, have it easier: As of July 8, there are already 157,727 residents in San Bernardino County's 1st District registered to vote, including 53,285 registered Democrats, 63,493 registered Republicans and 31,581 voters who have registered as non-partisan.


The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 22.