Filing opens despite fluid Missouri districts

Two gubernatorial candidate hopefuls, Dave Spence and Leonard Steinman, parked their candidate vehicles outside the Kirkpatrick State Office Building Tuesday as they waited inside to file for statewide office.

Two gubernatorial candidate hopefuls, Dave Spence and Leonard Steinman, parked their candidate vehicles outside the Kirkpatrick State Office Building Tuesday as they waited inside to file for statewide office. Photo by Julie Smith.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan spent much of Tuesday standing next to, or walking along, the line of candidates seeking to file for state offices — shaking their hands and visiting about which offices they intended to seek.

“It’s fun to be able to see lots of people on filing day,” she told reporters. “I’m always encouraging them that, if they don’t want to stand in line, to come in the afternoon.

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“But I think folks like to be here and have the congeniality of all of it.”

By the end of the day, 394 people had placed their name on the ballot for one of the nearly 240 potential offices to be filled statewide.

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