POLITICAL SIGNS, bumper stickers, and fundraisers will be the norm this fall in the Highlands and Acre, as the expanding race for the 18th Middlesex District state representative seat formerly held by Kevin Murphy will dominate the district’s two neighborhoods.

As of Friday, eight people have qualified for the Sept. 9 primary ballot by having a minimum 150 nomination signatures certified by the city’s Elections Division. They are, in alphabetical order: Democrats Brian Donovan, James Leary, Rady Mom, David M. Ouellette, Michael Sheehan and Paul Ratha Yem, and unenrolled candidates Fred Bahou and Mayon Mitchell.