With three seats on the Mountain View City Council wide open, six people pulled nomination papers this week for possible runs in the Nov. 4 election.
They and anyone else who pulls papers have until Aug. 13 to return them and become official candidates. The nomination period began Monday.
Because council members Ronit Bryant, Margaret Abe-Koga and Jac Siegel are termed out and cannot seek re-election, the candidates won't have to battle against name recognition and other advantages that incumbents bring into political campaigns.
Regardless of who wins, the seven-member council will feature three new faces in January.
The six who pulled papers are Margaret Capriles, a member of the city's Environmental Planning Commission and a council candidate two years ago; Ellen Kamei, vice chairwoman of the Environmental Planning Commission; Lisa Matichak, a marketing executive and member of the Environmental Planning Commission; Mercedes Salem, an attorney; Ken Rosenberg, a member of the city's Human Relations Commission; and Greg Unangst, chairman of the city's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a member of Friends of Stevens Creek Trail board.
The terms of Mayor Christopher Clark, Vice Mayor John McAlister and councilmen John Inks and R. Michael Kasperzak, Jr. expire in January 2017.