While 2012 has just begun and 2013 seems far off to some, political observers and potential candidates are already beginning to gear up for New York City elections.

It is predicted that, with the inevitable and overdue departure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg from the political scene, the 20-year reign of Republicans in an overwhelmingly Democratic city will end, and there is much anticipation as to who will reside in Gracie Mansion. Even though it is more than a year away, people are already putting their names into the hat to prepare for a post-Bloomberg New York.

So far, only three people have declared they will run for mayor in 2013: Tom Allon, CEO of Manhattan Media; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; and former City Comptroller and Democratic Party mayoral candidate during the 2009 election Bill Thompson.

Others who could potentially run but have not officially announced their candidacy include current Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former Bronx Borough President Aldolfo Carrion Jr., current Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., City Comptroller John Liu, Harlem Success Academy head Eva Moskowitz, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

While none of them have definitively announced they will run, reports are swirling about their fundraising efforts. Word will come of whether they will run later in the year, while federal elections cloud any official announcements that might happen any time soon.

“New Yorkers are looking forward to change,” Thompson told the AmNews. “It’s a good thing, so the city can move forward. People are feeling squeezed out of the city. You will see a new mayor, and two-thirds of the City Council will be new.”

Allon got a head start on his own mayoral campaign with an ad he ran in 2011 introducing himself to voters. In an interview with the New York Times, Allen said he stands out because he’s not a career politician and has a different perspective.

As for the other city offices, few potential candidates have openly declared they will run. Potential candidates for Manhattan Borough President include Council Members Jessica Lappin, Gale Brewer and Robert Jackson. Political publication City and State recently stated that Manhattan Deputy Borough President Rose Pierre-Louis might also run for the seat.