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Candidates File for Office

Today was the first day candidates could file for public office...They lined up outside the Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City this morning. KSMU's Missy Shelton was there and files this report.

Candidates from the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties came to Jefferson City to file their paperwork indicating they will run for public office.

A candidate's position on the August primary ballot is determined by the drawing of a random number, not their position in line to file for office...Still, candidates say they like getting in line on the first day.

The second candidate in line was Representative Jim Viebrock whose Greene County district includes the city of Republic.

He says he wanted to get in early so he could get the filing out of the way.

The line outside the Secretary of State's office included incumbents like Viebrock as well as challengers and political newcomers.

Republican Dan Scott is running for a seat that's open because of term limits...It's the 137th in North Springfield.

Waiting in line to file, Scott explains why he decided to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Scott says he isn't running on any specific issues but he says job creation is important to him.

Just ahead of Scott in the line is a Democrat whose also running in the 137th district.

Charles Norr says he felt strongly about running for the House.

Norr says there are two issues that he'll focus on during his campaign.

Norr was standing in line with fellow Democrat Nancy Hagan, a former educator.

She's running for a House seat in the 135th district, which includes Southeast Springfield.

Hagan is challenging an incumbent, Republican Representative Charlie Dennison.

Dennison also filed for office Tuesday.

He says his campaign for re-election will focus on one key issue.

It wasn't just Republicans and Democrats who showed up to file for office Tuesday...Greg Tlapek is the executive director of the Missouri Libertarian Party.

He says Libertarian candidates have more freedom than Republican and Democratic candidates.

Candidates have until March 28th to file for public office but Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says the first day is by far the busiest.