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Candidate Filing Begins at the Capitol

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A big day in Montana politics today being opening day for those filing to run for office! ABC Montana's Joe Moeller was at the Capitol all day and brings us more.

And the campaign season begins.

Secretary of State Linda McCulluch opened the doors to her office at 8 A.M. Thursday morning for local house and senate candidates to officially file their paperwork to enter into the race.  First in line was Mary Ann Dunwell the Democratic Candidate for House District #84.

"I am stepping up to represent Montanans in the Legislature and the peoples House so it was a wonderful experience." said Mary Ann Dunwell. 

Throughout the day both parties held press conferences in the Capitol rotunda kicking off the election season, first the Democrats introduced a number of candidates.

"The main message for today is that across the state, across Montana, democrats are filing for office today. You see the cadrey of them up here with me today. " said Chuck Hunter. 

A few hours later Republicans took over the rotunda to mark the of start their campaigns.

"Today marks the first day where Montanans both Republicans and Democrats have converged from far and wide across Montana made the trip to be able to come here and file for their candidacy." said Ed Walker.

"We are all gathering as Republicans we are celebrating our candidacy together and you know it is a neat opportunity to get together and get acquainted with the new candidates and do it on a ceremonious occasion." said Republican Candidate District #11 Ed Buttrey.

2014 is the first year Montana Legislative candidates will be filling in their new districts which are in place until 2022. Candidates can file online or in person here at the Capitol, when McCulloch accepts the file it is a little quicker for candidates.

"If I accept the filing they don't have to be notarized, if anyone else accepts them they have to be notarized. So I can actually crank through them a lot faster than anyone else can." said Secretary of State Linda McCulloch.

After filing with the Secretary of States Office, candidates have up to five days to file additional paperwork with the Commissioner of Political Practices office before any fundraising can begin.

So far as three o'clock today there has been over 100 candidates that have filed here at the Secretary of States Office and online and candidates do have until March 10th to file.

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