SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The list of candidates officially running for mayor of the city of San Jose in 2014 has started to become crowded.

Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilman Pete Constant are some of the earliest candidates that filed papers to run.

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Nguyen said her top priority if elected is public safety. “Our residents in San Jose want to live in a safe, secure city,” she told KCBS.

Constant, who represents the city’s Westside, may have some hurdles to overcome being a Republican running in a heavily Democratic city.

“We haven’t had a Republican mayor in 40 years, but I think when voters look at how I’ve governed and how I’ve contributed to the city of San Jose, they’ll see that I’ve governed in a fiscally conservative, but non-partisan manner,” Constant said.

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Two other City Council members expected to enter the race include Sam Liccardo and Pierluigi Oliverio. Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese is another big name expected to join the race.

On Friday, KCBS was not able to reach for comment five lesser-known candidates who have filed to run for mayor.

The winner of next year’s race is replacing Mayor Chuck Reed, who is being termed out.

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