Moderate candidate Qodrat-Ali Heshmatian announced that he was running for President. Heshmatian promised to end corruption if election, and broaden power sharing in the country. Heshmatian represented the multiethnic constituency of Sonqor in the Parliament in the 1990s.
Hojjatoleslam Abbas Nabavi, the director of the Institute for Islamic Civilisation and Development, announced he will run for president. In a press conference, Nabavi presented himself as a moderate candidate, stating that since 1997 politics had been polarised between Principalists and Reformists, and he offered a neutral way forward.