Candidates Wait In Line To File Nominating Petitions For City Offices

Jim Gudas
November 19, 2018 - 8:45 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- About two dozen candidates lined up Monday morning outside the Chicago Board of Elections hours before the doors open to accept their nominating petitions for city wide offices.

Some candidates said they were just anxious to get their campaign started, while others wanted to take no chances on getting their petitions in on time. 

Aldermanic candidate Cleopatra Watson camped out overnight to make sure she was among the first in line.

"Camped out all night. We arrived at 11 p.m. and reason being, I've stood outside for less - TVs, gym shoes, concert tickets - so everything we do, we do for the Ward," she said.

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Another aldermanic candidate, Aida Flores, running for 25th Ward Alderman said she started around 9:30, 10 p.m.

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"We really believe in making sure that we are here, that we are present and being the first ones in line and making sure to bring a new change to the city of Chicago," Flores said.

Some also admitted they wanted the free publicity they would get from the news crews sent to cover the long line.