For most Hobokenites it's too early to think about next year's mayoral elections.
But for those who are contemplating a run, the clock is ticking.
Most people interviewed for this unofficial preview of the mayoral race said that candidates will announce their run by or before Labor Day, early next month.
Important to know, before taking a look at the potential candidates, is that nothing is official yet. No candidates have officially announced that they will or will not be running against incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer. But Hoboken wouldn't be Hoboken, without some names floating around.
One of the contenders whose name has been mentioned as a potential candidate is Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr.
"He's seriously considering a run," said Alex Habib, Ramos' spokesman. "He's the obvious pick to run against the incumbent."
Ramos is the highest elected official in Hoboken, and is serving his third term in the New Jersey Assembly. Recently, he became chairman of the gaming committee. He will also be one of the delegates going to the Democratic National Convention.
That also begs the question, why run at all?
"He's in a real privileged position," Habib said. "He doesn't have to run at all." If he doesn't run—or does run, but doesn't win—Ramos plans to continue serving in the Assembly, Habib said.
Theresa Castellano, who is serving her fifth term as First Ward councilwoman on the city council, has also expressed a "very strong" interest in the position. Castellano said she would like the "honor and privilege" of serving Hoboken in a higher position than councilwoman.
Castellano, who currently is part of the city council minority that opposes the Zimmer Administration, said she hopes that there will be one candidate whom everyone who opposes the current administration can support.
"The person with the least negatives should be the candidate," Castellano said. Castellano said she could be persuaded to step aside, if the field is narrow and everyone supports one candidate. The wider the field, she added, the harder it'll be to win.
"We all want to win," she said.
Another name from that same group that is being mentioned with regards to the mayoral race is local developer and former school board candidate Frank "Pupie" Raia. Raia, who is on vacation and couldn't immediately be reached for this article, ran for mayor before in 2009, when he came in third behind Zimmer and Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason.
One source with knowledge of the situation said that Mason is "keeping her options open."
Mason has not made it clear whether or not she will run for mayor again. Other names heard through the grapevine include Tim Occhipinti, who is currently serving his first term as Fourth Ward Councilman and Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano.
"I'm honored that my name is being mentioned," Romano said in a recent phone interview. "But I haven't given it any serious thought."
Romano, too, said that he'd support the candidate the "group" would decide on.
The group in question is made up of the four minority council members—Castellano, Mason, Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo and Occhipinti—as well as Raia and Hoboken's Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan.
The member of the council minority who has not seemingly expressed any interest in running for mayor this time around, is Russo.
It's still unclear when the first candidate will officially announce his or her candidacy. And, this being Hoboken, more candidates could announce a run.
When will those announcements come?
"In due time," Habib said.