And they’re off! Candidates rush in as city hall election season starts

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Six gunning for the mayor’s chair. Three school board candidates. Four incumbents.

Tuesday marked the starting line for the upcoming municipal civic election, the first day residents can file paperwork to make their candidacies official. Twenty people — and just four incumbent politicians — registered, including several mainstream mayoral candidates who formally entered the race as soon as city hall’s elections office opened Tuesday.

More challengers are bound to enter the race, as nominations don’t close until July 27 at 2 p.m. Voters go to the polls on Oct. 22.

Paul Cheng, who came a distant second to Matt Brown in the 2014 election, followed his filing with a campaign launch at his Queens Avenue office.

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