Almost 400 people have filed for office on this first day for candidate filing—although no one is sure if many of them might have to do it again once the court system finishes ruling on the legality of legislative and congressional districts. Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Hobart says people were lined up when the doors opened at 8 a.m.and steadily flowed through the elections office well into the afternoon. At the end of the day, 394 candidates had signed up, 77 more than last year on the first day.
He says 242 Republicans, 149 Democrats, two Libertarians, and one Constitution Party member filed today. A total of 257 candidates have filed for the 163 House seats. 31 candidates have filed for 17 available senate seats. Eleven people have filed for Lieutenant Governor, the most for any statewide office.
Hobart says first day filers represent the majority of candidates who will file during the month the process is open.
AUDIO: Hobart interview (6:01)