The secretary of state website indicates dozens of candidates for judicial office in March had filed by today’s noon deadline to qualify for the ballot by petition rather than paying a filing fee.

You can go to this link to see them all, but it’s a little cumbersome Once there you can click the “candidate information” link and then click “search for candidates” to see all filers for judicial seats and prosecuting attorney. Also click the “by position” button. And ignore that the website says it is for the 2018 election, this list shows 2019 filers for next year.

News so far is 1) nobody has yet filed for Justice Josephine Hart’s seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court (she won’t say whether she plans to run again, but Judge Chip Welch is expected to announce next month in anticipation that she won’t run and forfeit retirement benefits should she be elected on account of age); 2) contested races have developed for Court of Appeals; and 3) there will be many contested races for the retirement-vacated judgeships in Pulaski County as well as a contested district judgeship in Pulaski, Peg Egan versus current Traffic Judge Vic Fleming.

This doesn’t end filing.

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The regular filing period for nonpartisan judicial and prosecutor elections opens at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and runs through 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Fees will be required then.