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The herd has thinned. Of the 20 people who picked up petitions to run in the April special at-large D.C. Council election, only eight candidates submitted the required 3,000 signatures by today’s 5 p.m. deadline.

They are: Councilmember Anita Bonds, former Councilmember Michael Brown, Matthew Frumin, Patrick Mara, Perry Redd, John Settles, Elissa Silverman, and Paul Zuckerberg.

Starting Saturday, the public and/or other candidates will have ten days to question the legitimacy of those signatures, which could reduce the number of candidates even more.