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One Independent Joins Council Race at Deadline

Councilwoman Crystal Evans did not file to run as an independent, as some had speculated might be possible.

Valleybrook resident Darren Gladden was the lone township resident to file as an independent candidate in this November's Township Council race.

The deadline for independent candidates to file was 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Gladden will run under the name "Conservative Independent." His petition had 124 signatures when he dropped it off to the Camden County Clerk's Office, in Camden, Tuesday morning.

With Gladden officially joining the field Tuesday, there are now nine total candidates seeking four Council seats.

The Democratic slate includes two incumbents—Council President Glen Bianchini and Vice President Orlando Mercado—and Tracey Trotto and Samuel M. Siler, who previously served on Council.

The Republican candidates for Council are Linda Musser, who is a member of the Township Planning Board, Samuel Garro, Erica Weissmann and Barbara Ashton.

Councilwoman Crystal Evans did not file to run as an independent candidate, as some had speculated she might have been planning to do when she did not file for Tuesday's primary by the April 11 deadline.

The only way the incumbent councilwoman could seek re-election at this point is to take the place of one of the nine candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot.

It is almost certain Evans, a registered Democrat who has distanced herself from the Democratic Party in the township over the last two years, won't be welcomed on the Democratic ticket.

Big Daddy 1 June 08, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Since Patch started, Crystal Evans was the only member of council to mention anything about what the taxpayers wanted. I guess we will go back to being unrepresented again.
Darren Gladden June 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Darren Gladden filed nominating petitions to be placed on the November ballot as a Conservative Independent Candidate for Gloucester Township Council (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Primary day 2011 will see 4 republicans and 4 democrats vying for 4 seats on the township council. Darren Gladden has added his name to that list today because neither major political party understands the needs of the average citizen. “I am running for council because I care, care for the people, care for the community. It is difficult watching our great town starting to fall apart because those in power play political games”, stated candidate Darren Gladden. “…it is difficult for people to keep an eye on government when they are losing their home or working 2 jobs to pay their property taxes. It is time for as real change and maybe a real voice to be heard among the political talking heads”, Gladden continued. Gloucester Township has 7 council members and 4 seats are up for grabs this November including the president and vice president of council. “Our town deserves better than the decades old leadership that we have in place, we need a fresh approach and a clearer direction. One party rule is horrible and it is my hope to end that come November. I am as average a citizen as you will find, the common man. Vote for Gladden, you’ll be Gladd you did. Just care I do”, concluded Mr. Gladden.
Joshua Berry June 08, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Big Daddy, Please do not feel disheartened if you feel you are losing your only advocate on Council. Even if after the Fall election, you personally believe next years council will have no one speaking for you or the other taxpayers, you always have yourself to be an advocate. I do not want to sound like a broken record, but as a township govered under the Faulkner Act, the citizens are an equal branch of the government to the Council and Mayor. We do not have the day to day powers and decision making but we have a voice and a means to govern. I do not know if you are one of the individuals who attend meetings or not, but if you are not please start coming and being your own advocate. South Jersey Citizens have only been doing this for the past few months but we are able to get our voices heard and start to enact change. There is no reason why you or anyone else cannot do the same thing. We are going to have at least two new faces on Council next year, maybe even four. With the proposed changes to email you will have direct communication to all of them plus the three who are not up for re-election. I suggest you talk to them about issues you have. They are people just like you and me. They may not necessarily agree with what you say but they are reasonable people who will listen. I think you will find at least one who can be the advocate you feel you are losing. But if not you can be that advocate.
Sue June 08, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Just what we need in Gloucester Township, a spoiler candidate! Oldest trick in the Machines playbook. Wonder if they were smart enough this time around to not sign the petition themselves. How many legitimate signatures are on his petition? Notice none of the cronies are on here commenting! Not one democratic thug saying anything. Do you really think we are this stupid!
Sonya June 08, 2011 at 11:34 PM
The pictures shows the frustration with the President of Council Glen Bianchini - He has too go, he's been there since the Nixon Days.
Darren Gladden June 09, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Sorry Sue if you feel that way but understand I'm not here to spoil anything believe that and you are so miss informed about me ,WE MUST and we will be working hard to inform you of that. I am the best man for a Council seat not a spoiler ,I crawled and fought my whole life and I will not let this Township fall apart like the way it is . I believe to much in the Good of the people and I'm loud as hell and I speak up.Now my haters call that rude I call it giving them a warning that I am tried of the Bull poop cause I know there no super dopper popper scooper 3000 out there that will be able to clean up the dodo that Mayor Stache and his crew are leaving us and our kids there leardership just plan out %u&ks . My whole life people doubted me and never understand why I care so much and will do anything for someone I have even let a stranger sleep on my couch. Well Sue come meet me and my family this Saturday at the rally for life and have a chat with me and you will see how much I do care about the pain that we are all going through and understand this for me Just care I do ................p.s I make a mean Crab soup Thank you for your comment and have a nice night
Darren Gladden June 09, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Now let me leave you with this ........... http://youtu.be/tgJgy0PRaJQ
Michelle Wolfson June 10, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Congratulations on your bid for council. I look forward to hearing what you propose for the township.
Darren Gladden June 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Well thank you Michelle Wolfson and anytime you like to chat on the phone or thru Facebook or maybe face to face I would be honor to talk to you cause I see it in your writting that you care just like me .......Have a great day you have earn it young lady.
Darren Gladden June 12, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Tracey Trotto earn my RESPECT AND SHOULD ALSO HAVE A SEAT on council ,She made even me cry today Great job and Next year Let's have better weather .....Tracey Trotto for council she care 's .....Just care I do

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