Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Delton Wright was among the first in line Monday when the filing period for county and municipal political party candidates began at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Delton Wright was among the first in line Monday when the filing period for county and municipal political party candidates began at the Jefferson County Courthouse.


"I like to get it out of the way," Wright said. "I’ve always been like that."


Wright represents District 3 and will be seeking his eighth term on the county’s legislative body. He filed as a Democrat.


The filing period officially began at noon and will end at noon Monday, March 3.


Jefferson County Judge Dutch King also was an early filer, followed a short time later by Pine Bluff Assistant Police Chief Ivan Whitfield, who will challenge King for a second time in the May Democratic primary.


A number of county elected officials, including Sheriff Gerald Robinson, circuit clerk Lafayette Woods Sr., treasurer Elizabeth Rinchuso, tax collector Stephanie Glover Stanton and coroner Chad Kelley also completed their paperwork in the first half-hour after the filing period began. All filed as Democrats.


Because of an ordinance adopted by the Pine Bluff City Council that made elections partisan, Alderwoman Thelma Walker filed for re-election as a Democrat. In previous years, candidates for city offices filed as independents.


Joining Wright in filing for re-election to the Quorum Court were Justices of the Peace Sissy Granderson, Paul Jones and Mandy Alford.


"You would think we’re all standing in line to get money, rather than to give money," said Alford, referring to the filing fees that the candidates had to pay.


Taking their first shots at political office, Melanie Johnson Dumas and Eric L. Hobbs — both Democrats — also completed their paperwork shortly after the filing period began.


Dumas is seeking the District 7 Quorum Court seat currently held by her father, Vannette Johnson, who is retiring after 37 years on the court.


Hobbs filed for Quorum Court District 8, which is currently held by Justice of the Peace Roy Agee, who is a Republican.


"This community has been good to me and my family and I want to give something back," Hobbs said while standing in line to pay his fee.