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Race Is on for Mayoral Petitions



    Race Is on for Mayoral Petitions
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    Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    Tuesday marked the first day potential candidates for  Mayor of Chicago could begin collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

    Despite some uncertainty about whether Mayor Richard Daley would run again, there wasn't exactly a line of candidates clamoring for signatures.

    "I'm focusing on the 32nd Ward for now," said Alderman Scott Waguespack, who is rumored to want the job. "In a few weeks I'll decide what to do about the mayoral election."

    The only candidates that have made known their intention to run are civil rights lawyer Christopher Cooper; community activist William "Dock" Walls; Jay Stone, son of Alderman Berny Stone; and Frederick White.

    Daley hasn't announced his intentions, but some prognosticators who listened to his State of the City address said he sounded like a man who was planning to run again.

    His press secretary Jackie Heard said the mayor is not circulating petitions Tuesday. But, she said, he has plenty of time.

    "He could get 25,000 signatures in a weekend," she said.