Almost 40 candidates sign up to seek city office in Boston

Boston City Hall.
Boston City Hall. –Globe File

What a difference two years can make.

Back in the distant past of 2015, the number of potential candidates was so scant, the former head of the city’s Election Department complained of “no action” that year.

But on Wednesday — the day officials began accepting applications for nominating papers for the 2017 municipal elections — there was a flurry of activity at City Hall. Candidates have until May 16 to sign up, and by the end of Wednesday, nearly 40 people had.

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