Just after 8 a.m. Monday, the Board of Election Commissioners opened, and almost immediately, there was a unique electricity in the air.
Supporters stood to wait for their candidate to become just that with a stroke of a pen.
"I announced my candidacy five months ago. Today is sort of the start of the real thing, though," said Alderwoman Lyda Krewson.
Krewson wasn't the only candidate eager to get her campaign going officially.
After being outspent by millions of dollars previously, Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed said he learned from the last time he ran for mayor and narrowly lost.
'We're going to hit the ground earlier this time instead of waiting until after the first of the year," said Reed.
Also jumping in first thing Monday morning was another candidate who has familiarity with city-wide elections - City Treasurer Tishaura Jones.
"I want to show the voters that I'm committed. That's why I am here on the first day at 8 o'clock," said Jones.
Former Alderman Jimmie Matthews pledged to take a grassroots approach to getting his message out.
"I'm gonna do the Bernie Sanders," said Matthews. "Everybody who wants to contribute, give me less than $100, and I'll... we'll conquer the city."
With the formal announcement Monday morning, the list of candidates running for mayor was updated. Read the list below:
- Dem. Antonio French
- Dem. Lewis Reed
- Dem. Jeffery Boyd
- Dem. Tishaura Jones
- Dem. Lyda Krewson
- Dem. William Haas
- Dem. Jimmie Matthews
Candidates must pay a $1,300 entry fee to formally run for mayor.