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Arkansas governor files for re-election

This year's election in Arkansas includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. (MGN Photo)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on the start of the filing period for candidates for state and federal office in Arkansas (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has filed paperwork to run for re-election, and says he wants to have an increased emphasis on education in his hoped-for second term.

The Republican governor was among dozens of candidates who made their bids official at the state Capitol on Thursday as the one-week filing period opened at the state Capitol. Hutchinson was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson is expected to face a challenge in the May primary from Jan Morgan, a gun range owner and cable news commentator. Jared Henderson, the former head of an education nonprofit, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Both are expected to file next week.

Other top state officials filing paperwork Friday include Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, who is seeking re-election. Auditor Andrea Lea, a Republican, also filed for re-election.

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1:05 p.m.

Candidates have begun making their bids for state and federal offices in Arkansas official with the start of the one-week filing period for this year's election.

Secretary of State Mark Martin on Thursday kicked off the start of the filing period at the state Capitol. Hundreds of candidates are expected during the next week to file paperwork for this year's races.

This year's election includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, the top attorney for the Department of Human Services.

All 100 state House seats and 17 Senate seats will also be up in this year's election.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/KATV) -- This year's campaigns for state and federal offices in Arkansas is officially kicking off as hundreds of candidates will be filing paperwork to make their candidacies official during the next week.

The one-week filing period for this year's election begins Thursday at noon at the state Capitol. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to file paperwork for his re-election bid on Thursday afternoon. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will also file for re-election Thursday.

This year's election includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, the top attorney for the Department of Human Services.

All 100 state House seats and 17 Senate seats will also be up in this year's election.

View Talk Business and Politics' "The List" of people announcing and running for office here.


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