One election ends, another begins.
The doors officially opened on the race to succeed Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley at 6 a.m. Monday.
That's when candidates can officially file their petitions to become top dog of the city.
In an effort to be the first to file, some candidates, community activists, even family members spent Sunday night outside the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, where the paperwork must go. Each petition must include at least 12,500 signatures for the mayoral candidate's name to be placed on the February 22 ballot.
Mayoral Candidate Gery Chico said his petition take includes 52,254 signatures.
One of his opponents, Mayoral Candidate Rahm Emanuel, said his petition haul includes 90,905 signatures.
"It's a tradition for us as far as getting out here and making sure our candidates are on the ballot and file their petitions first," said Holmes.
"It's more for Chicago in that we all have choices. It's the first and foremost thing," said Del Valle (the son, not the candidate).
While the camp-out, sleep in the cold, method might be tradition, it does not guarantee the candidates ballot placement. Everyone in line by 9 a.m. was "tied" for first. The official ballot order will not be determined until December 1 when the board of elections conducts a lottery drawing among all the "tied" candidates.
All nominating petitions must be filed by November 22.