Michael Tran, a real estate investor from southern California, who is currently residing in the Evergreen area, publicly declared his intention since October of last year. He is backed by Vietnamese American Community of Northern California. VACNORCAL is the same group that is suing Madison Nguyen and the city for Brown Act violation. A summary judgement is expected in February. James Chadwick, one of the best lawyers in the Bay Area, is the lead lawyer for VACNORCAL.
Phu Le, a long time community activist, a close friend and advisor of Councilman Kansen Chu, had filed his statement last week. A resident of Milpitas and a county health commissioner, he is well known for his supports of many politicians. He is a serious challenger to Madison Nguyen according to a recent article by the Mercury News - http://www.mercurynews.com/internal-affairs/ci_14296808
Bryan Do, another community activist and one time a city council candidate for District 4, has many political ambitions. According to Bryan, he is the chief strategist and unofficial advisor for Vietnamese-American Voters of Northern California Foundation. This organization is formed by the Recall Team after their defeat by Madison Nguyen.
The fourth candidate is Minh Duong, another well known community activist, a small business development commissioner and a one time District 8 city council candidate. He is well liked in the community and is considered by the community to be less controversial than the other four candidates.
The convention wisdom is that not all four of the challengers will actually be running. The two challengers who are likely to drop out are Bryan Do and Michael Tran because they both know that they have no chance of winning. On the other hand, they all could stay in and may the best man wins. Bryan Do can play a spoiler for he has nothing to lose.
No matter who is running, the real favorite in the election of course is Madison Nguyen. It is almost impossible to defeat a Teflon incumbent.