Prospective Candidates Can File for Office Beginning Tomorrow

MARCH 15, 2004 - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The filing period for political office in the state begins tomorrow.

The presidential race will be at the top of the ticket in the November general election.  Among state issues, school consolidation is fresh in voters' minds.

A proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages also could add a spark to this year's election season.   Candidates can file starting at noon on Tuesday.  The filing period ends at noon on March 30.

Arkansas' four U.S. House members are seeking re-election, and U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln is seeking a second six-year term.  Also, all 100 state House seats are up for election, as are 17 state Senate seats.  Two state Supreme Court seats will be on the ballot.

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