THE Albury mayoral race has swung into overdrive with Alice Glachan in the mix for a fifth term.
Her biggest threat, her deputy, councillor Kevin Mack, is undecided about running on September 23.
The stumbling block for Cr Mack is being able to strike a balance between being a full-time Victoria Police officer and meeting civic commitments.
Cr Glachan has successfully juggled duties as mayor and a lighting retailer since she replaced Patricia Gould in 2009.
If Cr Mack doesn’t stand, a Melbourne Cup field of mayoral contenders could emerge — with Crs Henk van de Ven, Daryl Betteridge, and David Thurley joining Cr Glachan in the race.
“I think it is a good opportunity for change,” Cr Mack said last night.
“Henk and Daryl, as experienced councillors, have legitimate claims to the position.
“As far as my aspirations go, it is a very difficult proposition to consider given the expectations of my employer and the roles I would have to fill as mayor.”
Cr Mack watched police colleague Larry Goldsworthy try to juggle two positions when he was mayor of Indigo.
It is generally accepted Cr Mack would have the numbers with the backing of Crs van de Ven, Ross Jackson, Darren Cameron and Thurley.
But if he decides not to stand the numbers game becomes complex and intriguing.
Cr van de Ven has challenged Cr Glachan for mayor four times and tension between the pair was evident in Monday’s Uiver debate.
He says he would run again “under the right circumstances” and depending on who else nominated.
“I have been on council for 9½ years and I can see the lie of the land as well as anyone else,” he said.
“If Alice is the only nomination, I will nominate, but if someone like Kevin Mack does, I might not, and I would be happy to support him.”
Support for Cr van de Ven is not as clear cut as those favouring Cr Mack.
Cr Glachan could win — if Cr Mack doesn’t stand — with support from Cr Betteridge, Gould and Graham Docksey and one other.
Cr Betteridge has previously said he wouldn’t run for mayor if he didn’t think the best person to represent the city had nominated, while Cr Thurley could easily woo enough votes from both the council factions if he sought the $55,650 job.