Mayor John Button has quieted the rumor mill by officially confirming he will be running for township council this fall as an Independent alongside Randy Cherkas and Elaine Goralski.
Button speculated on the possibility of an Independent run after in March, but the mayor had so far refrained from announcing a decision.
On Monday however, Button said he would be running: "I'm not ready to walk away from some of the work we've done."
He lauded his running mates, saying both have "excellent financial backgrounds and leadership qualities." He said Cherkas, a member of the township planning board, and Goralski both have a track record of involvement in various township activities and committees.
Button said he felt "very good" about the ticket and it would "focus strongly on the issues."
Beyond that however, he remained coy, declining an opportunity to delve further into the reasons behind his decision or their platform.
"I will have more to say in the near future," he said.
The filing deadline for an Independent ticket to get on the November ballot is 4 p.m. June 5, which Button said they'd have no problem meeting.