Hundreds Expected to File for Candidacy in Arkansas

Published 02/25 2014 08:41AM

Updated 02/25 2014 08:44AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -- Everywhere you look a candidate, a campaign ready to start. Out of hundreds expected to file, only one can be first in line.

Cecile Bledsoe was there at the front of the line Monday. "I've always filed on the first day, but never early enough to be the first one. This time I was."

The first day filings bringing out familiar faces, like central Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin, leaving Washington with eyes on Arkansas' vacant lieutenant governor's office.

Griffin says, "We are really excited about this because I get the opportunity to continue public service and see my kids grow up in Arkansas."

Depending on the office, running for office, isn't cheap. Democrats James Lee Witt in Arkansas' 4th district and Pat Hays in the second, both paying 10-thousand dollars just to run. Neither have a challenger within their own party, yet.

James Lee Witt says, "I'm just going to run my race, whoever gets in, gets in, I hope nobody else does but of course, they could."

After completing the line, it's picture time, the final step to make the candidacy official.

Even though Congressman Tom Cotton started his quest for the U.S. Senate more than 6 months ago, he says: "I think Arkansans are ready for a change, ready to move the state in a new direction. To turnaround some of the damage caused by the Obama agenda and getting Arkansas back to work."

(KARK, Little Rock)

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