Don't ask the three Union Bridge council members whose terms end in May if they will run for re-election. They are too busy doing council work to think about whether they want to do it for another four years.
"We haven't had time to really think about the election," said Selby Black, who has been a council member off and on for 14 years since the mid-1970s.
"I really don't know if I'll run again."
Bonnie M. Hyde said she is undecided about her candidacy for the same reason.
"There are so many other things in town that require my undivided attention I haven't begun to think about re-election," Ms. Hyde said.
And Scott W. Davis, who said he has given the matter some thought, is "very undecided.
"I just don't know what to do," said Mr. Davis, who has spent all of his 64 years in the town. "The job is still quite a challenge, but I'm thinking I should slow down a bit."
Each of them has taken on responsibilities within the council that apparently have given them little time to reflect on the job itself.
Mr. Black, 59, is in charge of the town's water and sewer system and heads the committee that is overseeing construction of the new town hall.
He has worked as a quality technician for Legore Inc., a stone quarry in Woodsboro, for 10 years.
Ms. Hyde, 45, who has worked for State Farm Insurance in Frederick for nearly 28 years, handles town street lighting and is president of the recreation council.
A Union Bridge native, Ms. Hyde has been on the town planning commission for six years and chairs the administrative board of Union Bridge United Methodist Church.
Mr. Davis is in charge of the Community Center, which he has recently helped to make accessible to the disabled.
Mr. Davis retired in 1990 after 45 years as a machinist for Lehigh Portland Cement Co., and ran for a county commissioner's seat. He is active with the town fire company.
All three work with the funding committee to raise money for the new town hall.
Mr. Davis and Ms. Hyde are completing their first terms.
Mr. Black said he'd like to see the town building committee through construction of the new building. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled March 20 next to the Pump House Building on Locust Street.
"We've done so much with the building committee for the new town hall that I'd hate not to run again," said Mr. Black, who has lived in town for 23 years. "That's almost enough to make me want to run again."
Ms. Hyde said that developing the budget for next year also has kept the council busy.
"We have a heavy load preparing the budget this time around," Ms. Hyde said. "We're working on it now."
Construction of the new town hall, renovation of the sewer plant and modifications to the water department are the most important projects being figured into the budget, Town Clerk Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer said.
The election will be held May 11. The three council members have until the first week in April to declare their candidacies.
So far, no one has registered to run.