A crowded field of 26 candidates, including seven incumbents, have filed nomination papers to run for Cambridge City Council this fall.
The deadline to return the nomination papers to the Cambridge Election Commission was 5 p.m. Wednesday and the city must certify their nomination signatures by Aug. 14.
The incumbent councilors who have filed nomination papers are Minka vanBeuzekom, Craig Kelley, Kenneth Reeves, Tim Toomey, Denise Simmons, Leland Cheung and David Maher.
City councilors Henrietta Davis and Marjorie Decker are not seeking re-election, leaving seven incumbents running for the 9-member council.
Potential challengers who have filed nomination papers are Dennis Benzan, Lesley Phillips, Gary Mello, School Committee member Mark McGovern, Luis Vasquez, James Lee, Janneke House, Nadeen Mazen, Lesley Phillips, Jefferson Smith, Gregg Moree, James Williamson, Kristen von Hoffman, Elle Varden, Mushtaque Mirza, former city councilor Sam Seidel, Logan Leslie, Dennis Carlone and Ron Peden.
McGovern is not seeking re-election to the School Committee and fellow committee member Alice Turkel also didnít file nomination papers seeking re-election, according to records on file with the Election Commission.
Four incumbents, Alfred Fantini, Mervan Osborne, Patricia Nolan, and Richard Harding Jr. have filed nomination papers for another run. The challengers who have filed nomination papers are Kathleen Kelly, Joyce Gerber, Fran Cronin, Elechi Kadete and John Holland.
The last day for candidates to withdraw from the races will be Aug. 16 and the election will be held Nov. 5.