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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s election season is in full swing, as dozens of candidates for mayor, City Council and other offices filed their nominating petitions for the May primary.

The elections board office was crammed as candidates showed up with hundreds of signatures to get on the ballot. Among those drawing attention was Milton Street, former mayor John Street’s brother, who will challenge Mayor Michael Nutter. He plans a Facebook fueled campaign, even though his Facebook page is not up yet.

“They’ll be ready to go, when they’re ready to go. They’re not ready to go yet,” Street said.

Among those running for the GOP mayoral nomination is John Featherman.

“I’ll debate Nutter. Anybody who gets on the ballot has a right to participate in the process.”

But the real crowds are in the races for City Council, particularly for the at-large seats, where more than two dozen Democrats and Republicans filed. Also, for the eighth district seat being vacated by Donna Miller, 10 people filed to run as Democrats.

Ninth District Councilwoman Marion Tasco was expected to have no opposition, but in fact four others filed to challenge her in the Democratic primary. And also filing to run for mayor is Karen Brown, as a Republican.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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