THREE councillor have confirmed they will contest the Greater Bendigo mayoral vote tonight.
Rod Fyffe, Lisa Ruffell and Barry Lyons all began campaigning last night, at the new council's first preliminary meeting.
Cr Ruffell is expected to poll well. As the only mayoral candidate who supports an independent review, she should attract the support of like-minded councillors Peter Cox, James Williams, Helen Leach and Elise Chapman.
Five votes will ensure victory.
The mayoral vote will be behind closed doors, with a full council endorsing the mayor-elect at its first public meeting on Monday.
THE race to be the next Greater Bendigo mayor is down to three, but could be down to two by tonight.
Long-time councillor Rod Fyffe has thrown his hat into the ring, and Lisa Ruffell and Barry Lyons are weighing up their options.
Cr Lyons said he would make up his mind at tonight’s first preliminary council meeting.
“I am weighing up whether or not I have the time,” he said.
“Being the mayor is a pretty important job and you need to have a lot of free time.
“I will make my mind up later in the day.”
Cr Ruffell said she, too, was assessing her options.
“I would love to be mayor of this great city and it would be an honour but I want to discuss it with my council colleagues first,” she said.
Cr Rod Campbell confirmed he would not run for the top job.
Eppalock Ward councillor Helen Leach said she would prefer a female mayor.
"Wouldn't it be great to have a female mayor," she said.
"Given the trend of more females on council, I think it would be appropriate."
The mayoral vote occurs behind closed doors, and is officially on the agenda for Thursday night.
In the past, council has released the results of the vote after a number of leaks to the Bendigo Weekly.Council will unanimously rubber stamp the vote at its first public meeting on Monday.