Elections season kicks off with first day of candidate filing

The 2018 elections kick off later this morning with the start of candidate filing. The public is invited to join Secretary of State Corey Stapleton for the ceremonial “opening of the doors,” which will take place at precisely 8 a.m. in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office at the Capitol.

One note: Candidates for local offices file at the county election office.

Once the doors are open, candidates may file for any open office for which they are eligible.

One of the people filing today will be Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, who said early this morning that he will file for re-election.

Dutton has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the county’s sheriff for the last nine years. His re-election filing will also include the Coroner’s duties as the offices are set to be consolidated.

“My goal is to do all I can to provide safety and service to the residents of
Lewis and Clark County and to continue to earn their trust,” Dutton said. “This includes successful
consolidation of the duties of the County Coroner.”