Candidates for mayor, alderman and school board trustees will soon be filing their papers at city hall as nomination day fast approaches.

Between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, council hopefuls will hand their papers to the election’s returning officer Barbara Clifford.

“They have to obtain signatures from electors of the area in which they’re running,” said Clifford, adding mayoral and aldermanic candidates have to collect 100 signatures while trustee applicants must collect 25 signatures.

Mayoral contenders pay a $500 fee, while all other candidates submit a $100 deposit.

Candidates then have 24 hours to withdraw.

Clifford said she wasn’t willing to guess how many would file this year.

“I’ve seen too many people come in and give press conferences and all sorts of things and then never file their papers. To me, there’s nothing until Monday,” she said.