A third of council seats in Tameside are up for grabs - including the leaders of both main parties.
A third of the whole council is up for election on Thursday, May 2 with 72 candidates standing across the borough.
One seat in each of the 19 wards is being contested.
Of the seats up for election, 17 are currently held by Labour and two by the Conservatives.
This year Ukip are putting forward five candidates, while the Green Party are contesting 18 seats.
Labour and the Conservatives are standing in every seat, while the Liberal Democrats are challenging just four seats.
Council leader Brenda Warrington is defending her seat in Denton West.
Grassroots party Stalybridge Town Party, which registered with the electoral commission last year, is contesting two wards - the Stalybridge North seat and Dukinfield/Stalybridge.
And three independent candidates are seeking to challenge the major parties across the borough.
The Monster Raving Loony Party are fielding one candidate in the form of 'F'Tang F'Tang' Farmin Lord Dave, who will challenge Labour for the Denton South ward.
Long-serving Conservative councillor, and leader of the Tory group, John Bell is stepping down from his Hyde Werneth seat.
He was first elected to the council in 1975 - just one year after the metropolitan borough council was created.
At his last full council meeting, Coun Bell said it had been an 'honour and a privilege' to be an elected member of the Tameside authority.
"This is certainly the last time you will hear the cry 'hear hear' from John Bell in this chamber," he concluded, and was met with a standing ovation as he took his seat for the final time.
Another council stalwart, Labour's Mike Fowler, is also not seeking re-election in Denton South. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.
In Ashton Waterloo ward, incumbent Lorraine Whitehead is standing down after just one term in office.
While in Audenshaw, Maria Bailey is also not contesting her seat after eight years as an elected member.
And in Longdendale Ward, chair of the scrutiny committee Labour councillor Gillian Peet has chosen not to campaign for a third time.
Full list of candidates standing in Tameside elections:
Ashton Hurst Ward
Therese Jane Costello, Conservative
Mike Glover, Labour (Incumbent)
Lorraine Ann Whitehead, Green
Ashton St. Michael's Ward
Philip William Blakeney, Green
Karen Marie Brooks, Conservative
Yvonne Valerie Anne Cartey, Labour (Incumbent)
Ashton Waterloo Ward
Jean Catherine Drennan, Labour
Lee Alan Huntbach, Green
Irene Marsh, Conservative
Peter Roy Harris, UKIP
Charlotte Elizabeth Martin, Labour
Danny Mather, Conservative
Denton North East Ward
Dawn Lesley Cobb, Conservative
Allison Louise Gwynne, Labour (Incumbent)
Benjamin Hart, Green
Denton South Ward
F'Tang F'Tang Farmin Lord Dave, Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Aimee Louise Lumley, Conservative
Jack Jeremy Naylor, Labour
Jean Margaret Smee, Green
Denton West Ward
Thomas Anthony Dunne, Conservative
Daniel Owen Spence, Green
Brenda Warrington, Labour (Incumbent)
Droylsden East Ward \u000C
Laura Maria Boyle, Labour (Incumbent)
Hannah Mary Smee, Green
Matthew Oliver James Stevenson, Conservative
Droylsden West Ward
Dot Buckley, Conservative
Ann Joyce Holland, Labour (Incumbent)
Maurice Jackson, UKIP
Annie Train, Green
John Charles Taylor, Labour (Incumbent)
Lucy Turner, Conservative
Julie Wood, Green
Dukinfield Stalybridge Ward
Les Browning, Conservative
Linda Mary Freeman, Green
Dave McGovern, Stalybridge Town Party
David Jonathan Sweeton, Labour (Incumbent)
Dave Tate, Independent
Hyde Godley Ward
Betty Affleck, Labour (Incumbent)
Andrea Alyson Jane Colbourne, Conservative
Alice Sarah Mason-Power, Liberal Democrats
Dawn Maxine Sheridan, UKIP
Keith Whitehead, Green
Hyde Newton Ward
Michael Baker, Green
Peter Stanley Ball-Foster, Liberal Democrats
Helen Theresa Bowden, Labour and Co-operative (Incumbent)
Michael James Gibbins, Conservative
Hyde Werneth Ward
Shibley Alam, Labour
Paul Joseph Molloy, Conservative
Richard O'Brien, Liberal Democrats
Ian Johnathan Robinson, Green
Irene Brierley, Green
Graham Edward Doherty, Democrats and Veterans Party
Ben Frost, Conservative
Jacqueline Clair Owen, Labour
Lynne Christine Thompson, Liberal Democrats
Dean Tom Aylett, Independent
Christine Anne Clark, Green
Daniel Percival, Conservative
Taf Sharif, Labour (Incumbent)
St. Peters Ward
Matt Allen, Conservative
Trevor Clarke, Green Party
David McNally, Labour (Incumbent)
Stalybridge North Ward
David Fernley, Green
Josh Hughes, UKIP
Adrian James Pearce, Labour (Incumbent)
Lee Grahame Stafford, Stalybridge Town Party
David Stephen Tilbrook, Conservative
Stalybridge South Ward
Jennifer Brayne, Independent
Amanda Jane Hickling, Green
Kerri Luke, UKIP
Clive Alistair Patrick, Conservative (Incumbent)
Hugh William Roderick, Labour