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Candidates file to run for Boston mayor, City Council

The shadow of terrorism did not stop the kickoff of what promises to be one of the busiest election seasons in Boston history: ­Almost 30 people trekked to the city’s Election Department Wednesday to make the first official step in a run for mayor or City Council.

Wednesday marked the first day that people could sign up for nomination papers, although many of the well-known mayoral candidates stayed away out of deference to victims of the explosions earlier this week at the Boston Marathon finish line. Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced last month that he would not seek a sixth term, and four city councilors have jumped into the race to succeed him, opening more seats and unleashing a generation’s worth of pent-up political ambition.

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