With November balloting nearly in the books, the window has already opened for yet another election.
The filing period opened for candidates planning to run in Los Angeles' March 5 election.
In addition to citywide races for mayor, city controller and city attorney, voters will decide eight City Council district contests. Three Los Angeles Unified school board seats also will be on the ballot.
Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa will not run because of term limits, and several high-profile politicians already have declared their intention to succeed him. Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry and Controller Wendy Greuel are in the running, along with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James and tech company executive Emmanuel Pleitez.
Controller candidates include Councilman Dennis Zine, marketing executive-turned-activist Cary Brazeman and Ron Galperin, president of the Quality and Productivity Commission and former chairman of the city's Commission on Revenue Efficiency.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will be challenged by termed-out Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, a former councilman who unsuccessfully ran for the position in 2001.
Among the open council positions is the Westside District 11 seat represented by Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who announced recently he would not run again and threw his support behind his chief deputy, Mike Bonin. Other contenders are Mark Ryavec, Frederick Sutton and Odysseus
Voters also will elect representatives to three Los Angeles Unified school board seats, including one for Westside District 4, held by Steve Zimmer, and three at-large Los Angeles Community College District seats.
Those wanting to file papers declaring their candidacy must do so before noon Saturday. The deadline to file completed nominating petitions ends Dec. 5.