Candidates running for mayor and the Chicago City Council started filing their petitions on Nov. 19. 

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, who officially announced his bid for mayor last week, needs to collect at least 12,500 signatures, as do the other mayoral candidates. Aldermanic candidates are required to collect several hundred signatures.

All candidates have one week – until Nov. 26 – to turn in their petitions to get on the Feb. 26, 2019, ballot.

The state lawmaker’s “Ford for Chicago” campaign office has opened at 5850 W. North Ave. To celebrate the official opening of his headquarters, Ford held a petition party on Nov. 18. 

Another West Sider – Amara Enyia, executive director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce – hosted a petition party of her own on Nov. 18, as well, at Blue Lacuna, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. 

Ford announced his candidacy for mayor on Nov. 8 at Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave.