Five El Centro residents are in the running for the City Council in the Nov. 6 election.
The candidates Raymond "Ray" Castillo, a city planning commissioner and parole supervisor for the state Department of Corrections; Pamela A. Gaspar, a clinical laboratory scientist; Sam Mosher, a local businessman; and incumbents David Dhillon and Cheryl Walker.
The deadline to have filed for the election was 5 p.m. Friday.
There are two seats available, and the two who get the most votes will be seated on the council.
Mosher, 61, said he is running because he would like to streamline the city's permitting process and bring expenses under control.
"If elected, I'd like to help get some of our uncontrolled expenses under control," he said Saturday.
Castillo, 53 and a lifelong Valley resident, said the most important issue is the city's budget.
"It appears there's an expected shortfall in years ahead," he said. "That needs to be looked into."