MAYBE it’s not called the mayoral dance for nothing, as insider betting on who will be Mornington Peninsula’s Shire’s new leaders last week settled on three, two-person teams.
Teams running equal favourites at 2:1 for the jobs of mayor and deputy mayor respectfully, are current incumbents Crs Anthony Marsh and Lisa Dixon and Sarah Race and Kerri McCafferty.
Following close behind at 3:1 are Steve Holland and Debra Mar.
The odds are the latest statistics to come out of the annual sweep run inside the shire.
As earlier reported by The News the betting on Marsh and Dixon has remained firm, although Race and McCafferty have since joined them as equal favourites; Holland and Mar have shortened from 5:1.
The return of Marsh and Dixon would be the first time in the history of local government on the peninsula that a mayor and deputy have been returned for consecutive terms (“Insiders tip historic mayoral return” The News 25/10/22).
The mayoral race provides amusement and interest for council staff but offers a $100,000 plus reward for the ultimate winner and a $60,000 allowance for the deputy mayor.
The new mayor and deputy mayor will be elected by councillors at the council’s annual general meeting which starts at 5.30pm Tuesday 15 November in the shire’s Besgrove Street, Rosebud offices. The meeting is open to the public.