RADIO host Kylie King will join her 2AY on-air partner, Wodonga mayor Kev Poulton, as a councillor after topping Albury's election vote.
The breakfast presenter's team snared more than 22 per cent of the ballots, ahead of car dealer Stuart Baker's group with 18.5 per cent.
Councillor Alice Glachan and Greens party candidate Ashley Edwards are also set to be elected after scoring 14 and 11 per cent respectively.
The rest of the nine-member council will be subject to preferences and the counting of outstanding votes.
Ms King should be joined by her ticket's No.2 Steve Bowen, who was DJing at The Scots School Albury's graduation on Saturday night as votes were counted.
"To say I'm humbled and overwhelmed is an understatement," Ms King said.
"I just wanted to be a fresh face on council and I hoped we could get Steve on as well, but beyond that I hadn't considered numbers or looked at history."
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The former Prime television sport reporter hoped the strong support, which saw her team win 11 of 15 booths, reflected her long community footprint and the values of her and her team.
"We didn't push particular policies or grand ideas, we tried to push our values and took an objective approach to issues," Ms King said.
Cr Poulton described his co-host as kind and someone strong in her views who can help people think through situations in a very calm manner.
"She told me she doesn't want to be mayor, but I would like her to reconsider," Cr Poulton said before adding he could work with whoever became Albury's new leader.
Ms King said she had not desired the mayoral role because she did not consider it a realistic thought as she attempted to secure a place in the council chamber.
"Given the overall support for the team it's something I will have to talk to them about when the time is right," she said.
"At the moment I'm still processing the news I'm a councillor, let alone anything else."
Mr Baker, a former mayor, said it was not his ambition to be Albury's new civic leader, but did not rule it out, declaring it would depend on the final make-up of the council.
His ticket's No.2 Jess Kellahan is likely to become a councillor based on the quota process and Mr Baker believes his No.3 Steve Mamouney remains a live chance.
Cr Glachan is the only incumbent councillor guaranteed to be re-elected, with Labor's Darren Cameron on the edge and Henk van de Ven and David Thurley to miss out.
Cr Glachan said the results showed Albury voters wanted a change, but she could not say why, suggesting she was too close to the situation.
The former mayor declined to say if she would nominate for that role or if she had the desire for the job.
Former councillor Daryl Betteridge said he was "quietly confident" he could be the eighth or ninth councillor elected following the final vote counting.
He is lying fifth on first preferences tallied so far, narrowly ahead of Cr Cameron.
The former pizzeria owner pointed to two key factors driving Saturday's vote.
"Name recognition is always very important and it always has been but this in my mind cements but it also says ratepayers were looking for change and it's a mandate for change," Mr Betteridge said.
"They were unhappy with the previous council and that is evident with the vote."
Mr Betteridge is not afraid to say he has mayoral aspirations.
"I would seriously consider it but I'm not going to sell my soul for it," he said.
"I would probably see that for someone to be mayor they would have to have some previous experience on council and have a desire for the job.
"They would be my two prerequisites."
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