Arkansas 2024 candidate filing period opens Monday for state, federal offices

All four congressional seats, three Supreme Court seats and state legislative races are on next year’s ballot

By: - November 6, 2023 7:00 am

The filing period for candidates to run for state office in Arkansas in 2024 begins Monday and ends Nov. 14. (Getty Images)

The 2024 election cycle officially begins in Arkansas on Monday with the week-long candidate filing period.

Secretary of State John Thurston plans to open the state Capitol rotunda to candidates at noon Monday. 

Pomp and circumstance usually rules the first half hour, and some candidates race to be the first filers of the year.

In the week following, candidates will trickle through the Capitol’s second floor to fill out paperwork and have their official candidate photo taken.

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Those wishing to run for a variety of state and federal offices will have until Nov. 14 to visit the Capitol and submit paperwork.

For partisan races, the primary is March 5. The general election for nonpartisan judicial offices will be held the same day. 

The General Election and nonpartisan runoff is Nov. 5, 2024.

What races are on the ballot?

  • President — The race for U.S. president tops the 2024 ballot. Typically, presidential candidates will send a proxy to Arkansas to file their paperwork.
  • U.S. representative — Arkansas’ four U.S. House seats are on the ballot every two years. All four of Arkansas’ congressmen are expected to run for reelection. Politicos will be watching for any rumored primary challengers as well as what Democrats will file for the seats currently under firm Republican control. (Neither of Arkansas’ U.S. Senate seats are up for election this cycle. Sen. Tom Cotton’s seat will be on the 2026 ballot)
  • State Senate — 18 seats in the 35-member Arkansas Senate are up for grabs.
(Arkansas Secretary of State’s office)

  • State House — All 100 seats in the Arkansas House of Representatives come up for election every two years.
  • State Supreme Court — Three of the seven seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court are on the 2024 ballot, including chief justice.
  • State Court of Appeals — Two of the 12 judgeships on the Arkansas Court of Appeals are up for election.
  • Circuit Judge — Seven of the 121 circuit judge positions in judicial districts across the state are on the 2024 ballot. 
(Arkansas Secretary of State’s office)

  • District Judge — All state district court judgeships are up for election in 2024.
  • State Treasurer — This cycle includes a special election to fill the treasurer of state vacancy left by the death of former Treasurer Mark Lowery. The candidate elected will serve the final two years of Lowery’s term.

There will also be a handful of local races and ballot initiatives that vary by jurisdiction.

What does it cost to run?

The Republican Party of Arkansas doubled its filing fee for congressional candidates, meaning those wishing to run for U.S. House must pay $30,000 to the party.

GOP presidential candidates must pay $25,000.

Republican candidates for state House and Senate must pay $3,000 and $7,500, respectively.

Comparatively, Democratic congressional and presidential candidates will each owe the state party $2,500.

Democrats running for state House and Senate must pay $1,000 and $2,500, respectively.

Candidates for nonpartisan positions may file by petition or pay a state filing fee, which ranges from $4,680 to $13,200 depending on the seat.

(Arkansas Secretary of State’s office)

Before September’s deadline, 78 candidates filed by petition.

When is the deadline to register to vote in the March primary?

The last day to register is Monday, Feb. 5.

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Hunter Field
Hunter Field

Hunter Field is a veteran Arkansas journalist whose reporting on the state has carried him from military air strips in northwest Arkansas to soybean fields in the Arkansas delta. Most recently, he was the Democrat-Gazette's projects editor, leading the newspaper's investigative team. A Memphis native, he enjoys smoking barbecue, kayaking and fishing in his free time.

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