Dozens file to run for alderman, mayor

21 candidates file for mayor's seat while 21 candidates file to run for 24th, 28th, 29th and 37th Ward positions

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By Michael Romain


Twenty-one people have filed nominating paperwork in order to run for alderman in the 24th, 28th, 29th and 37th Wards during the Feb. 26, 2019 election, according to city election records. That's the same amount of people who filed paperwork to run for Mayor of Chicago. 

The candidates had until Nov. 26 to submit paperwork to the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, 69 W. Washington St.

Aldermanic candidates must collect at least 473 valid signatures to get on the ballot while mayoral candidates must collect at least 12,500 laid signatures to make the ballot, among other requirements for running. 

According to state law, anyone looking to file objections to a candidate's nominating papers must file them within five business days from the time they're due. A lottery drawing for candidates whose name will be on the first or final position on the February ballot was scheduled to be held Dec. 5.

If no candidate in any given race gets at least 50 percent of the vote in the February elections, then the top two-highest vote-getting candidates will face each other in runoff elections on April 2, 2019. 

In all, 212 candidates filed to run in next year's local citywide election, and among those candidates are 45 incumbents seeking reelection, according to Ballotpedia. Four aldermen are running unopposed. 

"In 2015, 44 incumbent council members ran for re-election," Ballotpedia explains. "Seven were defeated — an incumbent re-election rate of 84 percent. Heading into the 2019 election, 13 city council members (26 percent) were first elected in 2015."

To find more information on potential ballot objections and other election matters, visit 

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly noted that aldermen needed at least 432 valid signatures to get on the ballot. This story has since been updated. Austin Weekly News regrets the error.


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