Incumbent Mayor Dave Weaver and Councilman Rafi Manoukian — who have both filed for reelection — will likely face six challengers to their seats on the City Council.
Among those who filed are TV host Vrej Agajanian, former Glendale Water and Power Commissioner Lenore Solis and Board of Education member Greg Krikorian.
"There are going to be a lot of challenges and issues facing our city as a whole," Krikorian said. "What I'm excited about is addressing these challenges."
Krikorian, who sits on the school board, plans to focus on the needs of homeowners, businesses and the community, he said.
Specific issues he sees important in upcoming years are creating affordable housing in the city, providing jobs and enhancing the quality of life for residents.
He also stressed the importance of clear communication between residents and the local government.
"We need to rebuild the trust in our city government," he said.
Another who shares this philosophy is city activist Herbert Molano, who, along with former Glendale Police spokesperson Chahe Keuroghelian and Montrose Shopping Park Assn. President John Drayman, completes the list of challengers who have filed.
"I would love to bring a new way to govern with proper strategic planning and transparency," Molano said.
Part of his aim would be to focus on future traffic and city open space, as well as assuring accountability in government, he said.
"With major objectives and goals clearly established to the community, you create candor," he said.
In the college board race, incumbents Vahe Peroomian and Tony Tartaglia have filed, along with Glendale resident Christine Rodriguez.
College issues include declining student enrollment and construction at the Glendale Community College Campus, Peroomian said.
"We're looking into new and innovative ways of increasing enrollment," he said.
Another issue is the college's Garfield Campus, he said.
"An [important] issue is the Garfield Campus expansion, because [the campus] serves an under-represented part of our community," he said.
So far in the race for Board of Education, incumbent Mary Boger and residents Hasmig Aslanian, Naira Khachatrian, Elizabeth Manasserian and Nayri Nahabedian have all filed to run for the two open seats.
Because outgoing school-board member Pam Ellis decided not to run again, the deadline to file for school board candidacy was extended five days, in accordance with state law, city officials said.