By: Deseray McKinzy

The candidate filing period throughout the state and in Jefferson County began on Tuesday, February 22nd and candidates gathered at the Jefferson County Courthouse to file their bids for the local elections. Some of those candidates include Lanette Fraizer, current council member Ivan Whitfield, current Justice of Peace (JP) Alfred Carroll, Gloria Tillman, Flora Cook-Bishop, and Sheriff Lafayette Woods to name a few filed at noon on Tuesday.

After speaking with Deltaplex News at the courthouse, Frazier explained why she decided to run and her goal if elected as Ward 3 councilmember.

JP Carroll also spoke with Deltaplex News and explained why he is running for reelection for another term on the Jefferson County Quorum Court.

Also up for election is the County Assessor and Tillman explained what that role is and why she is qualified for that role.

Current councilmember Ivan Whitfield who is up for reelection also filed his intent to run for Ward 3 Tuesday and talked to Deltaplex News about his biggest goal for the ward if reelected.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ election year officially kicks off this week, with hundreds of candidates for state and federal officials filing paperwork to make their bids official.

The one-week filing period begins at the state Capitol at noon Tuesday, marking the start of an election season that’s been well underway for more than a year for many candidates.

Local candidates will file at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

This year’s election marks an open governor’s race, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson unable to seek reelection because of term limits. Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been running for more than a year for the office and has more than $7 million in the bank. Several Democrats are also seeking their party’s nomination in the May primary.

Arkansas’ election season also features several potentially heated GOP primaries, including a crowded race for lieutenant governor and Sen. John Boozman fending off challenges in his reelection bid.

All 100 state House and 35 state Senate seats will be up for election because of redistricting.

Republicans control both chambers of Arkansas’ Legislature, all statewide offices, and every seat in the state’s congressional delegation.