The deadline is March 1 for candidates to file to run in Richardson's city council election of May 11, 2013. This will be the first time in memory that the mayor's position will be popularly elected. After the jump, how all the races are shaping up with only a little over a week left to file.
Place 1: Bob Townsend (incumbent)
Place 2: Mark Solomon (incumbent)
Place 3: Scott Dunn (incumbent)
Place 4: Kendal Hartley (incumbent Place 5)
Place 5: Paul Voelker
Place 6: Steve Mitchell (incumbent)
Mayor: Laura Maczka (incumbent Place 4), Amir Omar (incumbent Place 7)
So far, there's only one contested race, the newly created elected Mayor's office, for which two incumbent council members are contesting, Laura Maczka and Amir Omar.
There's only one newcomer who has filed for any place, that's Paul Voelker in Place 5, which is being vacated by Kendal Hartley, who is running for Place 4, which is currently held by Laura Maczka, who is running for mayor.
There are a few other potential candidates who have picked up information packets from the city. Whether any of them file to run remains to be seen. As it stands now, this season's Richardson Idol is shaping up to be without much drama.
The Richardson ISD (RISD) school board election, whose filing period also closes March 1, contains one interesting race so far: George Clayton is challenging incumbent Kris Oliver. Clayton served on the State Board of Education before losing his seat in the 2012 election.