Candidates for elected office in Arkansas can now file paperwork making their bids official.

Candidates for elected office in Arkansas can now file paperwork making their bids official.

The filing period opened Thursday at noon. Republican Rep. David Meeks, who is running for re-election, was the first to have his paperwork stamped by Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Most of the focus will be on the state's legislative and congressional races, with no major statewide races on the ballot this year.

All 135 House and Senate seats will be up this year after redistricting, as well as the four congressional seats.

Democrats are trying to rebound from a 2010 election where they lost control of the state's congressional delegation, while Republicans are aiming to win control of the state Legislature. The campaigns for the four Republican presidential candidates are also expected to file.