How many of those petitions will be brought back by the filing deadline at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 is uncertain.
But Rachel Ventura, who was first in line Monday at City Hall, didn't want to wait to find out.
"I don't want to be in the slew of 30 names," said Ventura, a first-time candidate for elected office. "I want to stand out."
Being first in line did not guarantee Ventura the top spot on the ballot. But it does guarantee her a chance in the Dec. 27 lottery for all candidates in line as of 8:01 a.m.
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