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UPDATE: Gentek to Stay on Council

The township councilwoman has been selected to run for freeholder on the Democratic ticket.

Councilwoman Michelle Gentek intends to remain on the township Council while she campaigns for a seat on the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

"I have people to serve. ... There's still work to be done," she said prior to Monday night's Council work session.

The Camden County Democratic Committee announced on Saturday that Gentek would be joining incumbent freeholders Jeffrey Nash and Ian Leonard on the party's ticket this November.

Monday was the filing deadline for the June 5 primary.

Camden County Republicans on Monday announced that Gloucester Township resident Eugene Lawrence will be joined by Ian Gill and Diana Escobar-Wachter on their ticket in this November's freeholder race, Philly.com reported.

Lawrence, a former Gloucester Township councilman and former Democrat, and Gill both unsuccessfully ran for freeholder last year—Gill as an independent.

Gentek indicated on Monday that she plans to remain on the local governing body until January and, if elected, would resign her council seat when it is time to take her oath for the county office.

Gentek replaces fellow Gloucester Township resident Rodney Greco on the Democratic ticket. Greco, an administrator at Charles W. Lewis Middle School, announced last Monday he would not seek another term.

Gentek's selection by the Democratic committee was unanimous, according to a press release issued by the party.

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