Candidates File For Political Office

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Day One of political filing saw contestants for U.S. Senator, Congress, Governor, and Lt. Governor file paperwork at the state capitol.

Arkansas’ candidate filing period for this year’s election cycle opened at noon on Monday (Feb. 24) as more than 250 candidates put their names on the dotted line.

Republican Cong. Tom Cotton filed for the U.S. Senate, Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman for Arkansas Governor, and Cong. Tim Griffin and Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley) for Lt. Governor. No Democrats filed for those offices on day one, but they are expected to file later in the week.

For Congress, Democrat James Lee Witt made his Fourth District candidacy official as did Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman. Cong. Rick Crawford and Cong. Steve Womack both filed for re-election for their First and Third District seats respectively.

In the Second District, Democrat Pat Hays filed as did Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) and Republican French Hill.

All told, more than 135 candidates filed for races that included federal offices, constitutional offices, state representatives, and state senators. Another 125 filed for judicial or prosecutorial offices.

The candidate filing period will close at noon on Monday, March 3rd.

Talk Business contributor Jason Tolbert has compiled a handy multi-tab spreadsheet of candidates and potential candidates for office.  If you know of updates to this list, please send them to [email protected].