At this point in 2012, there were already seven candidates for three seats on the council (Shoja Naimi, who pulled papers, didn't file, but Thomas Brophy subsequently joined the list).
In 2014, there were five candidates for mayor and four candidates for one council seat.
This year with the mid-August filing deadline rapidly approaching, there are only four announced council candidates for three council seats: two incumbents and two party establishment candidates. And if Blakespear wins mayor, there will be a fourth open council seat (presumably appointed by the majority). Are we going to have even any protest candidates to vote for?