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Campaign Season In D.C. Officially Kicks Off Today

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The race for to be the next mayor of D.C. begins today as candidates can now begin circulating petitions to get on next year's ballot.

The job of mayor, as well as about half the seats on D.C. Council, are in play in the 2014 election cycle, and starting today candidates will be able to pick up petitions and start gathering signatures needed to get on the ballot.

So far three Council members have announced plans to run: Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2). Former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis is running too, and restaurateur Andy Shallal is expected to throw his hat in the ring also.

Mayor Vincent Gray, who's 2010 campaign remains under federal investigation, has not said whether he will seek re-election.

The mayoral candidates will need to gather 2,000 valid signatures to make it on the ballot.

Due to a change in the election calendar the primary was moved up to April, leaving candidates until January 2 to turn in their nominating petitions.

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