The deadline for political party candidates to make the November 2022 ballot is still seven months away, but two veteran legislators took the first step.

Former Rep. Anne Beebe-Center, a Rockland Democrat, registered with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to run for the Maine Senate District 12 seat. Beebe-Center announced earlier this summer that she would run for the seat.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Sen. David Miramant of Camden, but he is barred by the state’s term limits law from seeking a fifth consecutive term in the Senate.

District 12 represents all of Knox County, except the town of Washington.

Beebe-Center registered for the race July 2.

In Waldo County, State Rep. MaryAnne Kinney, a Republican from the town of Knox, registered July 27 with the commission to run for the state Senate District 11 seat.

That seat represents Waldo County and is currently held by first-term Sen. Chip Curry, a Belfast Democrat.

Kinney is completing her fourth consecutive term in the Maine House, representing House District 99. The House district represents Brooks, Burnham, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Thorndike, Troy and Unity.

No other candidates have filed for the state Senate seat.

The deadline, however, is early spring 2022. Candidates who are not enrolled in a political party, also known as independents, have until late spring 2022.

No other candidates have filed for any other Knox County legislative seat.