LITTLE ROCK Republican Congressmen Tim Griffin and Steve Womack filed for re-election Friday, the second day of the political filing period.

LITTLE ROCK Republican Congressmen Tim Griffin and Steve Womack filed for re-election Friday, the second day of the political filing period.

Eighteen candidates for Congress, the Legislature, state Supreme Court, state Court of Appeals or circuit judge positions filed for office Friday, bringing the total to 218 since the filing period began Thursday.

Griffin, who represents the 2nd District in central Arkansas, also filed papers for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to appear on the May 22 Republican primary ballot. Griffin is chairman of Romneys campaign in Arkansas.

Womack represents the 3rd District.

Also filing Friday were Republicans Tom Cotton of Dardanelle and Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia for the 4th District congressional seat.

Two candidates filed Thursday for the 4th District seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott state Sen. Gene Jeffress, D-Louann, and Republican John Cowart of Genoa.

First District Congressman Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, also filed for re-election Thursday.

Also Thursday, representatives for Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich filed the paper work with the Republican Party of Arkansas for their names to be on the May 22 primary ballot.

The filing period ends March 1.