STEVE TOMS, who received the most votes in the recent Glen Innes Severn Council election, has been shoring up his numbers to run for mayor in the past week by holding a series of meetings with elected councillors.
The Glenn Innes Examiner believes Cr Toms will ask the seven recently elected councillors to vote him in as mayor, with former mayor Colin Price to run as his deputy.
Cr Toms received more than 1000 first preference votes in the election followed by sitting councillor Andrew Parsons. Both were elected on first preference votes and did not need to go to .
He backed voting for the mayor and deputy staying in the hands of councillors, rather than being decided by a popular vote. “I think that the mayor and deputy should be decided by sitting councilors at the first council meeting,” Cr Toms said
Cr Parsons initially supported Cr Toms and himself holding the top posts based on the popular vote, but has since changed his mind and indicated he will throw his support behind Crs Toms and Price