Friday is the deadline for filing candidacy papers for one of the many local races that will appear on the November ballot.
As of Tuesday, incumbents in five of the contests would be running unopposed.
Races in which incumbents so far aren't being challenged include the Union City City Council, New Haven and Newark school boards, the Washington Hospital board, and seat three of the Ohlone College board.
In the case of the New Haven school board, only board President Kevin Harper and Trustee Jonas Dino are seeking re-election. Jenn Stringer said Tuesday she decided not to seek another term because she wants to devote more time to her family and job.
Initially, a third person, John Shockley, had taken out candidate forms for the race, but he's since decided not to seek office because of family and work obligations.
If an incumbent does not file for re-election, the candidate filing period for that race is extended until 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
As of the close of the business day Tuesday, the following people have taken out nomination papers. Most of their candidacies have not been declared official by the agencies overseeing the paperwork.
Tentative candidates for the Fremont mayoral race include current Mayor Bob Wasserman, former Mayor Gus Morrison, Councilman Steve Cho and Paul Reeder, a member of the Fremont Minutemen, which opposes illegal immigration.
Others who have taken out papers for the race are Councilman Bob Wieckowski, Vinnie Bacon, Planning Commissioner Suzanne Chan, Fazlur Khan, who serves on the senior citizen commission, Hou Leong, Larry Montgomery, former candidate Alan Stirling, perennial candidate Linda Susoev and Ohlone College appointed Trustee Trisha Tahmasbi.
Planning Commissioner Dirk Lorenz initially picked up candidate forms but has decided not to run for the council.
Meanwhile, in Union City, only Mayor Mark Green and Councilman Jim Navarro have pulled papers. No other council members' terms are up.
School and college boards
Expected candidates for the Fremont school board include former appointed Trustee Bryan Gebhardt, Fremont Education Foundation board member Desrie Campbell, longtime parent and community volunteer Ann Crosbie and Lily Mei, another active parent in the schools community.
If board President Ivy Wu seeks re-election — she said Tuesday she is "inclined to run" — she would be the only incumbent in the race. Trustees Peggy Herndon and Nina Moore, whose terms also are up, are not seeking re-election.
Meanwhile, all three trustees on the Newark school board whose terms are up — Jan Crocker, Ray Rodriguez and Janice Schaefer — are seeking re-election, and so far the race is uncontested.
Similarly, on the Ohlone College board, no one has challenged incumbent Nick Nardolillo for his seat, but newcomer Teresa Fox has taken out candidate forms for the Area 4 and 6 seats.
Fox, chair of the city of Fremont's economic development advisory commission, must decide by Friday which seat she'll run for. If she chooses Seat 4, she appears headed for a face-off against incumbent Bob Brunton, and if she runs for Seat 6, she may run against former Fremont teachers union President Greg Bonaccorsi.
Washington Hospital board members Pat Danielson and Bill Nicholson have taken out candidate forms for re-election.
Alameda County Water District incumbents James Gunther, Martin Koller and John Weed, as well as challenger Robert Irvin, have expressed interest in serving on the water board, and Joyce Roy and incumbent Chris Peeples have picked up papers for an at-large seat on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District board.