TOMORROW’S Leeton Shire Council mayoral elections appear to again be a one-horse race.
Councillor Paul Maytom is expected to be the lone nominee for the top job, with councillor George Weston likely to return to the deputy mayor position.
The remaining councillors � Michael Kidd, Steve Dowling, Peter Davidson, Emerson Doig, Tracey Valenzisi and Greg O’Callaghan – have each said they won’t be running for either position.
Cr Kidd, who is returning for his second stint on council, said he hadn’t really entertained the idea of nominating for the roles, but was unlikely to throw his hat into the ring.
“Paul has the runs on the board,” he said.
“It’s a big job being mayor … you have to be capable and prepared to put the big hours in.
“I haven’t given it too much thought this year for either mayor or deputy mayor.”
The councillors that aren’t putting their hands up for the job stated they would be supporting the two incumbents.
Cr Weston said it was important council worked on the big issues to progress the shire forward.
“We need to work on attracting businesses to town and maintaining the ones we have here,” he said.
“Keeping our community strong is vital.
“I think the experience of council mixed with our new councillors will ensure we can do that.”
Cr Maytom was ready to tackle the position of mayor once more.
“I believe, overall, council is doing well at the moment,” he said.
“I want to ensure we work together and remain united.
“We’re in a positive position and we need to ensure we keep moving in that direction.”
LEETON Shire Council deputy mayor George Weston (left) and mayor Paul Maytom are expected to return to the roles at tomorrow’s mayoral election.
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