The filing petitions of three candidates running as independents for at-large seats on the D.C. Council have been challenged, an election board spokeswoman said yesterday.

In formal reports presented to the D.C. Board of Elections this week, the petitions of Jim Harvey, Ray Browne and R. Rochelle Burns were challenged on several counts, including the validity of voter signatures, addresses and eligibility to vote. said election board spokeswoman Leona Agouridis.

Agouridis said the board will review the challenges in the next few days. The board will then report its findings and meet with the candidates and those who filed the challenges to determine whether to conduct a formal hearing, Agouridis said.

The at-large council candidates are vying for two seats up for election this year. One is held by Hilda H.M. Mason, a Statehood Party member who was unopposed in the primary. The other is being vacated by Betty Ann Kane, who relinquished the office for her unsuccessful run for D.C. delegate to Congress.

D.C. school board member Linda Cropp won the Democratic nomination in the primary. She faces several independents, including Harvey, a former administrator for the Whitman-Walker Clinic; Burns, a lawyer; and Browne, a Georgetown community activist. D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and Clarene Martin, a labor lawyer, also are running as independents. W. Cardell Shelton is the Republican candidate in the race.