Officials to hear challenges to Emanuel candidacy

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Dozens of people who don’t want former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to be Chicago’s next mayor are moving ahead with efforts to keep him off the February ballot.

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people who don’t want former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to be Chicago’s next mayor are moving ahead with efforts to keep him off the February ballot.

Chicago election officials began handling petition challenges Monday in the mayor’s race including more than 30 objections to Emanuel’s candidacy.

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has assigned hearing officers to his case and others wanting to run for mayor, alderman or other citywide office.

Opponents say Emanuel doesn’t meet the residency requirement to run for mayor because he lived in Washington for nearly two years while working for President Barack Obama.

Emanuel, a former Chicago congressman, moved back in October to run for mayor after Richard Daley announced he wouldn’t seek a seventh term.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

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