Shellharbour and Kiama councils both meet on Tuesday night to elect mayors and deputy mayors for the next 12 months.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba (Labor) and Deputy Mayor Paul Rankin (Liberal) have both confirmed they will contest the mayoral vote on Tuesday.
Shellharbour City’s seven councillors vote for mayor each year.
They have just completed their second year of a five-year term.
Cr Saliba was elected mayor 12 months ago on a dramatic night that saw the incumbent Kellie Marsh dumped from the top job after Cr Rankin joined Cr Saliba in a three-way contest for mayor.
Cr Rankin’s move angered Cr Marsh and some Liberal Party supporters who said he had gifted the coveted mayoral position to the ALP.
Cr Saliba said she had been asked by her council colleagues and the broader community to run again.
‘‘As mayor you are part of a team. I feel I have given 100 per cent and now it will be up to my fellow councillors to decide,’’ Cr Saliba said.
‘‘It has been a pleasure working with Cr Rankin as my deputy and he has been a good deputy.’’
As for whether she would challenge for mayor or deputy mayor, Cr Marsh said ‘‘we will just have to wait and see what happens on the night’’.
Cr Marsh said she would not vote for a Labor councillor to be mayor.
‘‘It is a democratic process. The three Labor councillors are aligned so it is up to the four remaining councillors, including me to see how it falls.’’
In 2011 Cr Marsh was elected mayor with the support of independent councillors Helen Stewart and Peter Moran, however in 2012 the pair voted for Cr Rankin and Cr Saliba respectively.
Cr Moran said one thing was sure.
‘‘I won’t be voting for myself,’’ he said.
‘‘My view remains that the mayoral role is one that should be shared between the Liberal and Labor parties over the term of council.’’
Meantime in Kiama, Mayor Brian Petschler is unlikely to be challenged, however Deputy Mayor Warren Steel is expected to face a challenge from Neil Reilly and possibly another councillor.