On Friday, as iTWire reported, just one developer, Joerg Jaspert, had said he would be contesting the post.
Another four developers have now joined the ranks: Jonathan Carter, Sam Hartman, Martin Michlmayr and Simon Richter.
Michlmayr has been leader twice before, in 2003 and 2004. A quiet, introspective type, he is the most experienced of the five candidates.
The project had extended the date for nominations at the time when there were no candidates in the race with just three days left for nominations to close.
Nominations were initially slated to close on 16 March, after opening on the 3rd.
The campaigning period for the Debian election is from 17 March to 6 April, though that may now be pushed out by a week as well. Voting was originally scheduled to take place from 7 April to 20 April.
The project puts out what is arguably the best GNU/Linux distribution that caters to a large number of architectures. It is the base for many other distributions, including Ubuntu.