The filing period for local candidates seeking their parties’ nomination in the Democratic and Republican primary elections begins Monday at noon at the Jefferson County Courthouse and will continue for one week, ending at noon March 3.

The filing period for local candidates seeking their parties’ nomination in the Democratic and Republican primary elections begins Monday at noon at the Jefferson County Courthouse and will continue for one week, ending at noon March 3.


Candidates for state and national offices will file with the Secretary of State’s Office at Little Rock.


In addition to the race for the United States Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Pryor, two Congressional races will also affect voters in the Jefferson County area.


Most of the county is in the Fourth Congressional District, which is currently represented by Tom Cotton, but a small part of the county north of the Arkansas River is in the First Congressional District, currently represented by Rick Crawford.


All six state constitutional offices — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and land commissioner — are up for election this year, as are all 100 seats in the Arkansas House of Representatives including Districts 10, 15, 16 and 17 which include parts of Jefferson County as well as other surrounding counties.


In Jefferson County races, candidates will be filing for county judge, sheriff, assessor, circuit clerk, county clerk, coroner, tax collector and treasurer, and all 13 positions on the Quorum Court. All of those positions are two-year terms.


Constables also serve two-year terms and in Jefferson County, there are 21 such positions, including five that have been unfilled for various periods of time. One of those positions, constable for Bogy Township, has been vacant since 1980.


Candidates also will be filing for city council positions in a number of cities in the county, including four positions in Altheimer, six in Humphrey, six in Redfield, six in Sherrill, five in Wabbaseka and six in White Hall.


In Pine Bluff, one seat in each of the four wards is open, as are the offices of city sttorney and city clerk.


The party primaries are May 20.