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Update: A version of this story was posted yesterday. The story will be updated as more and more candidates enter the race:

And they're off:

As the number of women accusing Mayor Bob Filner grows, so to does the number of candidates vying to take over power after Mayor Filner leaves office on August 30.

On August 28, perennial candidate and attendee of city council meetings, Hud Collins filed papers required to launch his campaign.

Collins, a 66-year-old attorney and self-appointed fiscal watchdog for the City of San Diego, also ran in the last mayoral election.

Joining Collins in filing today are La Jolla real estate agent, Harry Dirks; accountant Teresa Miucci, and fellow accountant Michael Kramer.

Just in the past week, even before Filner formally announced his resignation during a special meeting of the city council, nine...make that ten, no, eleven, twelve candidates have come forward. Candidates Tobiah Pettus and Nathan Fletcher were so anxious that they filed papers even before a settlement agreement was announced.

The list of candidates, mostly unknown, to file with the City Clerk's Office to run for Mayor of San Diego include:

Air Force veteran and first-time candidate Kurt Schwab was one of the four people to file a statement of organization to start their campaign. According to a May 2012 report by the local NBC affiliate, since returning from the Middle East, Schwab suffered bouts of depression as a result of severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"When I came home I had no family backing, no friends, I didn't have a job. I was afraid to go out and talk to people - I was afraid that I might bother them, so I stayed inside," said Schwab in his interview with NBC.

Also entering the race is Jared Benjamin Mimms, owner of a Biotech firm in La Jolla, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Next up on the list is self-proclaimed Libertarian, Mark Schwartz. According to Schwartz's campaign profile, the only one of the four to have one, Schwartz wants to bring "honor and integrity to the office of Mayor. I stand for freedom, peace and self-reliance."

Last on the new list of filers is David Tasem, a tax-preparer in San Diego County.

The newcomers to the race, four days before Mayor Bob Filner is set to leave office, joins Tobiah Pettus and so far, the only high profile candidate to formally announce former assemblymember and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher.

On August 27, another longshot...and I mean longshot...has entered the race. One-time Libertarian candidate for the 53rd congressional district Paul Dekker filed papers needed to kick off his campaign. According to his congressional campaign page, Dekker is a transplant from Canada who works as a software engineer and systems analyst. He also served on the board for the Sustainability Alliance of Southern California, a group whose goal is to "minimize stress on the natural ecosystem" located throughout Southern California.

Go here to visit Dekker's website.

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