BOTH familiar and fresh faces will contest Moyne Shire elections this year with past candidates shying away from the race and just two of seven incumbent councillors yet to indicate a hopeful return.
Councillors Jill Parker, Mick Wolfe, Colin Ryan, mayor Jim Doukas and deputy mayor James Purcell have each indicated they will nominate in September, while councillors Ken Gale and Bernie Harris are yet to opt in.
A fresh crop of outside candidates are also expected to nominate for council, with many previous contenders ruling themselves out at the beginning of the year.
Former Moyne councillor Stan Cook has joined those happy to watch from the sidelines, saying he was not interested in another stint.
Mortlake's Kelvin Goodall has declared his intention to run, while former councillor Geoff Rollinson is still weighing up his options after narrowly missing out in 2008.
Cr Gale said there many factors to consider before deciding to run for a third term.
"This is my eighth year on council," he said. "I've enjoyed it and I'm just weighing it up at the moment. When you put your hand up you're putting your name in for four years and it's hard work if you do the job properly. "
He said many factors would influence his decision .
"Family is the first one," he said. "We still have until September to decide and I won't be making a decision until then."
Former candidate Port Fairy resident Les Christie was yet to make a decision yesterday and former councillor Frank Norton did not return The Standard's calls.