LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the start of the filing period for candidates for state and federal office in Arkansas (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Three Democrats have filed to run for a U.S. House seat in central Arkansas that the party hopes to reclaim.

State Rep. Clarke Tucker along with teachers Gwen Combs and Paul Spencer filed paperwork Thursday for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill also filed to run for re-election to the seat.

Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman filed to run for re-election to the 4th Congressional District covering southern and western Arkansas. Randy Caldwell filed to challenge Westerman in the GOP primary, and Hayden Shamel filed to run for the Democratic nomination for his seat.

Josh Mahony filed to run for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in northwest Arkansas currently held by Republican Rep. Steve Womack.

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5:25 p.m.

The top attorney for the Arkansas Department of Human Services has filed to challenge state Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson in the May judicial election.

David Sterling, the chief counsel for the department, filed paperwork Thursday to run against Goodson. Sterling announced last month he was seeking the seat, the same day Goodson announced she was running for re-election.

Goodson lost her bid for chief justice on the court two years ago after she was targeted by outside groups that flooded the state with ads and mailers criticizing her. Sterling ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for attorney general four years ago.

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3:30 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has filed paperwork to run for re-election, and says he wants to have an increased emphasis on education in his hoped-for second term.

The Republican governor was among dozens of candidates who made their bids official at the state Capitol on Thursday as the one-week filing period opened at the state Capitol. Hutchinson was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson is expected to face a challenge in the May primary from Jan Morgan, a gun range owner and cable news commentator. Jared Henderson, the former head of an education nonprofit, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Both are expected to file next week.

Other top state officials filing paperwork Friday include Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, who is seeking re-election. Auditor Andrea Lea, a Republican, also filed for re-election.

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1:45 p.m.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan was the first in line as candidates for state and federal offices in Arkansas began filing in Little Rock for this year's election period.

Secretary of State Mark Martin on Thursday kicked off the start of the one-week filing period at the state Capitol. Hundreds of candidates are expected during the next week to file paperwork for this year's races.

This year's election includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, the top attorney for the Department of Human Services.

All 100 state House seats and 17 Senate seats will also be up in this year's election.

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1:05 p.m.

Candidates have begun making their bids for state and federal offices in Arkansas official with the start of the one-week filing period for this year's election.

Secretary of State Mark Martin on Thursday kicked off the start of the filing period at the state Capitol. Hundreds of candidates are expected during the next week to file paperwork for this year's races.

This year's election includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, the top attorney for the Department of Human Services.

All 100 state House seats and 17 Senate seats will also be up in this year's election.

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5:49 a.m.

This year's campaigns for state and federal offices in Arkansas is officially kicking off as hundreds of candidates will be filing paperwork to make their candidacies official during the next week.

The one-week filing period for this year's election begins Thursday at noon at the state Capitol. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to file paperwork for his re-election bid on Thursday afternoon.

This year's election includes the governor's race and the other six constitutional offices, as well as all four U.S. House seats. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson is fending off a challenge from David Sterling, the top attorney for the Department of Human Services.

All 100 state House seats and 17 Senate seats will also be up in this year's election.