The last two years, I've done "Incumbents" posts to track who from the current CSM is running for the next CSM. I hadn't planned on doing that post for CSM8 until the first or second week in January. But in the meantime, the first announcement is public: Two step has decided not to run for CSM8. Further, the wormhole corps are apparently organizing to do something really smart: consolidate their voting power by having an internal "wormhole corp" primary. Once the "wormhole candidate" is selected, that individual will then be able to call on all of the player votes in the corps that signed up to be part of the primary.
That will virtually guarantee the wormhole candidate a CSM8 seat, whomever that is. Like I said, this is really smart!
The announcement and a whole lot of other CSM-related stuff is on the Down the Pipe pod-cast, which I was pointed at by helpful reader Zarak1 Kenpach1. If you're at all interested in CSM-related topics, give it a listen! My name comes up a time or two, as it happens. At one point, the pod-cast moderator mentions my stand that CSM members should constantly keep EVE players up-to-date on what they're doing, and take credit for moving the ball where they can reasonably do so (I still believe that, by the way). Then to my amusement, he simultaneously seems to both disagree, then agree with my position. I've got the market cornered on believing two contradictory things at once, sir.
Two step also reveals in public the name of the CSM7 member that's been trying to persuade me to run next year. :-P
Anyway, the CSM-related meat starts about 45 minutes in. But the rest is pretty interesting, too. Two step talks about his past history playing EVE and the history of AHARM (including the infamous AHARM exploit), then talks about his own CSM experiences in a lot of detail (without breaking NDA, don't worry CCP). Really interesting stuff for CSM watchers like myself! The pod-cast then goes into the 100 billion ISK wormhole fight that happened last week.
So, a pretty interesting pod-cast all the way around in my view. Go give it a listen; it's worth your time.
EDIT (11/Dec/2012): Oh, if any other CSM7 members want to start announcing their intent, I'll start keeping track. ;-)