Wagga could see at least two contenders battle it out later this month to be the city’s mayor for a new term.
Current mayor Greg Conkey said that he would seek another term and Councillor Tim Koschel said he was “seriously considering” a run for the council’s leadership.
Current deputy mayor Dallas Tout said he would nominate for a new term in the same position and would support Cr Conkey’s bid to remain in the top job.
Wagga councillors voted on Monday night to accept nominations for the new mayoral term and hold ballots if required during a meeting on September 24.
The mayor and deputy mayor elected at that meeting will hold office until September 2020.
If more than one person nominates for a role, council will be able to proceed with either a secret ballot or a public show of hands.
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Cr Koschel said he was considering a run for mayor because, as one of two Wagga councillors who also had a full-time job, he could provide a different perspective.
“I’m very seriously considering putting my hat in the ring,” he said.
“It’s going to be a big way up on my normal, everyday job to take it on but it is something I’m very serious in contemplating and I’m talking to my family and friends about it at the moment.”
Mr Koschel said Wagga had seen a string of mayors aged in their retirement years and he, as a 38-year-old, would show that someone still in their career could be mayor at the same time.
Cr Conkey said he would seek another term to move forward with his previous achievements in combating domestic violence and reaching out to Wagga’s youth.
“I am intending to stand,” he said.
“I stand by my record over the last two years and a lot of things have happened in council in that time.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as mayor; probably all nine councillors should stand for mayor because it’s a great honour and a great privilege.”
Cr Paul Funnell, fresh off his state byelection campaign, said he would “give it some thought” on a run for mayor.
"I'm not ruling anything in or out,” he said.
Cr Kerry Pascoe said he did not know at this stage if he would nominate while Crs Rod Kendall and Yvonne Braid ruled it out.
Crs Vanessa Keenan and Dan Hayes did not return calls requesting comment.
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