Monday was the first day nomination papers were available for city races this fall and four candidates for City Council are already off and running.
Bob Croce, 51, who's running for the Ward 5 seat, arrived at the City Clerk's office at 8:05 a.m. intent on being the first to pull papers.
Local entrepreneur Scott Frasca and former councilor, school board member and state Rep. Tom Walsh both pulled papers for one of five At-Large seats on the council.
Frasca, 45 and the founder of Making a Difference in Peabody and a local entrepreneur, has formed a campaign committee and set up office on Lowell Street across from City Hall.
For the record, that office is not to be confused with his existing charity office at 29 Lowell St. (campaign headquarters is across the hall).
Walsh, 52, last held political office nearly 20 years ago. He first served as a School Committee member and city councilor before four terms at the State House from 1987-1995.
And back to Ward 5, Joel Saslaw has also pulled papers. Whoever wins come November, it will be the first time Dave Gamache hasn't occupied the seat in 24 years.
Gamache announced in January he would not seek another term and Croce publicly declared his candidacy shortly thereafter. Saslaw, 49, told Peabody Patch a short time later he would also run for the seat.