CONCORD – Incumbent Sen. Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, was the first to file his candidacy Wednesday on the opening day of the filing period for state and federal offices.
Woodburn was one of only three people to wait in line at Secretary of State Bill Gardner's office before the period officially opened at 8 a.m.
Andy Martin, a Manchester Republican, was the first to file for federal office and the third in line.
He filed for the U.S. Senate Republican primary.
Woodburn said he arrived at the State House at 4:30 a.m. and waited about an hour to get into the building.
Woodburn was also first in line in 2000 when he filed to run for the District 2 Executive Council seat.
"The competitive juices are great this time of year," Woodburn said. "Everyone wants to know who is running."
Cathy Stacy, the Rockingham County Registrar of Deeds, was second in line to file for office.
About a dozen people filed during the first half hour, including Jennifer Daler, D-Temple, who is running for the District 5 Executive Council seat being vacated by Councilor Debora Pignatelli, D-Nashua.
A number of candidates for county office also filed.