UPDATE 11:10 p.m.: Councilwoman Crystal Evans did not file a petition by Monday's deadline for the Township Council race, which will conclude with a Nov. 8 election, but indicated before and after Monday's Council meeting that she may be back.
"Well, we'll see," she said before the meeting when asked whether she would run this year. "I think we just need to see what happens over the course of the rest of the year."
"No. I want to say 'no,' because I'm not sure what the future holds right now," Evans said after the meeting when asked if the township had seen the last of her as a candidate for public office. "But I know we do need to change the mindset of this township and start looking toward doing new things and being open to new ideas."
Speculation is that Evans, a registered Democrat, could still run in November on an independent slate, or possibly even jump on the Republican ticket, which currently features Planning Board member Linda Musser, Samuel Garro, Erica Weissmann and Barbara Ashton.
Asked if either were possible, she simply responded: "I try not to look at parties. It's not about parties. It's about people."
Council Vice President Orlando Mercado is looking forward to campaign season. He and Council President Glen Bianchini are seeking reelection. Councilman Ken Garbowski is not.
"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to going out in our neighborhoods and meeting with residents again, hearing their concerns, and working to resolve them," Mercado said. "Hopefully, it will end in a positive result for our slate."
The race for four Township Council seats officially is underway.
Incumbent Democrats Glen Bianchini and Orlando Mercado, who currently serve as council president and vice president, respectively, are seeking reelection, but Councilman Ken Garbowski and Councilwoman Crystal Evans are not.
At least Garbowski and Evans did not file petitions to run by Monday's deadline.
Joining Bianchini and Mercado on the Democratic slate are former councilman Sam Siler and Tracey Trotto.
The Republican candidates for Council are Linda Musser, who is a member of the Township Planning Board, Samuel Garro, Erica Weissmann and Barbara Ashton.
The election will be held Nov. 8. All four seats will carry four-year terms.
The next township election will be held in November 2013, when three Council seats and the mayor's office will be up for grabs.
The filing deadline for the 2011 Township Council race was 4 p.m. today.
No independent candidates filed for the election, according to Township Clerk Rosemary DiJosie.