Among those with crowded ballots, Thayer takes the top spot with four vying for two school board positions, and seven seeking election to two aldermen positions.
Couch will not have a school board election, with three candidates filing for the three open positions: incumbents Tim Garrison and Larry Janes and newcomer Robert Cicigoi.
Alton School Board also will not have an election. Incumbent Brad Alexander filed, as did newcomer Steve Mills for the two positions there. Incumbent Edd Hatten did not file.
Incumbent Sheila Miller will compete with newcomers Reggie Richardson, Tom Lewallen and Bobby Coursey for the two three-year positions.
Incumbent Joan Billingsly will not face a challenger for the two-year position.
Incumbents Carrie Tucker and Randy Ward will face challengers Doyle Fink, a former board member, and newcomer Karen Cotham for the two three-year seats. Fink was defeated in the April 2011 election, losing his seat on the board.
Current Alderman Steven Crigler will face newcomer James Hollis for the mayor's seat. Mayor Richard Haigwood did not file.
Incumbent Alderman Tom Young and newcomer Tony Roberts will not face challengers for the two aldermen-at-large positions.
Mayor Tom Lowe will not face a challenger.
Incumbent aldermen Jeremy Whittingham and Rachel Prince will square off against newcomer Frank Bernard for the two aldermen-at-large seats.
North Ward Alderman Mike Harber will face former Alderman Robert "Bob" Freeman and newcomer Jacqueline Bunting, wife of former assistant police chief Michael Bunting, who was fired in October 2011.
South Ward incumbent Alderman Robert "Steve" Alford will face newcomers David L. Daily, Leslie Bigger and Susan Garvin.