Friday is the countywide deadline for candidates to file for the November election, and much attention is focused on Santa Ana’s mayoral race.

Multiple political insiders say State Sen. Lou Correa is considering a run for Santa Ana mayor while incumbent Mayor Miguel Pulido is mulling a possible retirement — two decisions that should they become real would set in motion the most significant changing of the guard in the city’s politics since the Clinton years.

Neither of them is known to have filed for the office as of last week.

Candidates have until Friday to file their election papers, unless the incumbent does not file by that date. If the incumbent doesn’t file, the deadline for other candidates will be extended until the following Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Last-minute filers might show up to the county Registrar of Voter’s office ahead of their 5 p.m. closing on Friday.

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