A total of 41 persons have filed papers to have their names placed on the ballot for City Council in the Sept. 12 primary. Seven seats are open on the council this year, and the only contests will be on the Democratic ballot.

This 41 aspirants include three Democrats who are seeking the City Council chairmanship being vacated by Sterling Tucker, a mayoral candidate. They are incumbent council members Arrington Dixon (Ward 4) and Douglas E. Moore (At-Large) and newcomer John G. Martin.

The official list of candidates will be certified next week by the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Three previously announced candidates have withdrawn - Jonathan M. Owens and William F. Shannon, who had planned to challenged Ward 5 incumbent William R. Spaulding, and George R. Williams, who had planned to challenge Ward 6 incumbent Nadine Winter.

Shannon said injuries from an automobile accident June 20 made it impossible for him to campaign. He endorsed Spaulding for reelection.

Winter was assured of an opponent in the Nov. 7 general election by the entry of Anton Wood on the Statehood Party ticket. His name will appear without opposition on Ward 6 Statehood ballots in the primary.

Likewide, Ward 3 incumbent Polly Shackleton was assured of a general election opponent by the entry of Alexander R. Cartner on the Republican ticket. He is the only Republican seeking a council seat this year.