Fifteen candidates, including five incumbents, will be running for five seats on the D.C. Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election.

The candidates, who include parent activists and advisory neighborhood commissioners, will be competing for two at-large and three ward seats.

Four years ago, 30 candidates ran for the same seats, with 18 of them seeking the two at-large seats.

The race in Ward 8, the area generally south of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, attracted the most candidates, with incumbent R. Calvin Lockridge facing five challengers.

There are five candidates for the two at-large seats held by the Rev. David Eaton and Barbara Lett Simmons, both seeking reelection. In Ward 2, which includes downtown, Southwest and parts of Shaw and Capitol Hill, incumbent R. David Hall, the board president, faces one challenger. Ward 3 incumbent Wanda Washburn is unopposed.

Last Wednesday was the deadline for filing nominating petitions for the election.

School board members elected in November will serve for three years instead of the traditional four-year terms as the city begins to phase out odd-year elections for the school posts to save money. School board members serve full time and are paid $22,828 a year.

The candidates:

At Large: Barbara Lett Simmons (incumbent); the Rev. David Eaton (incumbent); Jacqueline B. Shillings 52, a registered nurse and vice president of Banneker Senior High School Council; Phyllis E. Young, 45, a branch chief for the U.S. Department of Transportation, ANC commissioner and former school board candidate, and Benoit Brookens, 37, a lawyer and former City Council candidate.

Ward 2: R. David Hall (incumbent), and Charles Briody.

Ward 3: Wanda Washburn (incumbent).

Ward 8: R. Calvin Lockridge (incumbent); Lin Covington, 50, D.C. public school teacher, former ANC commissioner and City Council candidate; Virginia Howard, University of the District of Columbia professor; Absalom F. Jordan, Jr., 44, special assistant to the director of D.C. Employment Services, ANC commissioner and former school board and City Council candidate; William Lewis, a letter carrier; Charles Logan, 38, lawyer and former ANC commissioner, and Frank Sewell, 32, former school board candidate.