136 candidates file for office on first day of filing period

More than a hundred candidates filed for political office at the State Capitol Monday, with filing open for the next week. The races have been firmly established for, in some cases, months, but, there was an excitement Monday, as candidates know, now, there's no turning back.

{}"Today{}I have filed as a candidate for Governor of Arkansas," said Asa Hutchinson to the sound of applause. His announcement, caused the biggest celebration of the day{}136 candidates filed for office on Monday.

{}"This election will set the stage for Arkansas' future. Whenever, you look at this state,{}I believe we are at a turning point," said Hutchinson.

{}Congressman Tom Cotton, a Republican who filed to challenge Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, echoed that sentiment when he said, "I think Arkansans are ready for a change. I think they're ready to move the state in a new direction."

{}Day 1{}was heavy on Republican filings. There will officially be a GOP primary for governor, with Hutchinson joined by businessman Curtis Coleman, and for Lieutenant Governor, where out-going Congressman Tim Griffin and State Representative Andy Mayberry both filed. Roby Brock, our new political and business news partner, says there were no surprises on Day 1.

{}"I suspect the rest of the week will be kind of boring to be honest with you. Maybe on the last day, on Monday, March 3rd, we'll get a few surprises in the mix," he said.

{}Democrats will get the spotlight the rest of the week. Mike Ross expected to file for governor, Mark Pryor for re-election as Senator, and John Burkhalter for Lieutenant Governor, along with dozens more.