In the first week of the filing period for , seven people gunning for a seat on the Lake Forest City Council picked up nomination papers.
Two seats are up for grabs this November on the city's five-member governing body.
Incumbent councilwoman —a political pro with nearly 19 years on the council—pulled nominating papers Monday and returned them Tuesday.
Candidates must get signatures from 20 registered Lake Forest voters to get on the ballot.
All Rudolph's signatures checked out, according to the city clerk, so her name is the first verified for the November ballot.
The six others who pulled papers in the first week are Lake Forest residents , , , , James Gardner and Eric Garretson.
Prospective candidates can pull papers through Aug. 10. The deadline will be extended to Aug. 15 if incumbent councilman Mark Tettemer decides not to run for re-election.