Filing opens for candidates in Minnesotaby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio,
Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Today is the first day of the filing period for political office. County, state and federal candidates have until July 15 to submit their paperwork at the Secretary of State's office or in their county of residence.
The presidential contest between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain tops the November ballot.
One Minnesota Senate seat, all eight members of Congress and 134 members of the Minnesota House are also on the ballot.
The Senate race will feature GOP incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. Franken could face a Sept. 9 primary challenge from trial attorney Mike Ciresi, who said last month that he could jump back into the race.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura has also suggested that he may enter the Senate race as a member of the Independence Party.
On Tuesday morning, for the third straight election, state Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, was first in line at the Secretary of State's office.
She says she didn't mind spending nearly 24 hours in a lawn chair, because she likes the message it sends.
"It's just a statement," said Peppin. "It's just to show people that I really appreciate them sending me here and I'm eager to serve."
Being first in line does not mean you'll be first on the ballot. Ballot order is rotated by precinct.
- Morning Edition, 07/01/2008, 8:25 a.m.
Tom Scheck covers politics and government for MPR News.