LAST Friday, Albury councillor Kevin Mack said he would not be standing when the Albury mayoral election was held last night.
But after reconsidering his options for long service leave from his full-time job, Cr Mack reversed his decision ahead of last night’s vote.
Whether it was Cr Mack’s decision to stand or a choice made beforehand, Cr Alice Glachan ruled herself out of an attempt to win a fifth term as mayor.
Cr Mack is entering only his second year in local government, after his election in the 2012 poll, but says the 12 months he has spent as deputy to Cr Glachan prepared him for the more senior role.
He also has had strong support in his bid to be mayor from veteran councillor Henk van de Ven and newcomers Darren Cameron, Ross Jackson and David Thurley.
Since last year’s election and the spill of five councillors, peace has largely reigned within the council job.
Differences and divisions remain between councillors but Cr Glachan has presided over a predominantly settled group.
It will fall to Cr Mack to maintain that conciliatory focus over the next 12 months.