Ferguson firms as favourite for Mayor

COUNCILLOR Scott Ferguson is firming as the favourite to become the Blayney Shire's new mayor.

The Blayney Chronicle understands Cr Ferguson is likely to nominate for the mayor's job next month and he's likely to have the support of a majority of councillors.

Cr Ferguson briefly served as shire mayor in 2008 but was removed from the role and replaced by Bruce Kingham.

During the last council term, Cr Ferguson ran for mayor several times but lost out to Mr Kingham, who constantly secured the support of a majority of councillors to retain the top job.

"I've had plenty of people talk to me about running," Cr Ferguson told the Blayney Chronicle on Monday.

"I am considering it [running for mayor] but I need to get the support of the new councillors.

"I am happy to do the job if I can get the support of council."

Twelve months ago, Councillors Braddon and Ewin voted in support of Cr Ferguson's bid to replace Mr Kingham as mayor and it is expected their vote will not change next month.

The Blayney Chronicle also understands at least one new councillor will throw his support behind a Ferguson-led council, which means Cr Ferguson would have the majority of council's support to serve as mayor for the next 12 months.

If councillor Ferguson is appointed mayor, Cr Allan Ewin is widely tipped to gain support for the deputy mayor's role.

Cr Ewin said he has not made a final decision on future leadership positions but "will give it some thought" before the new council first meets on October 8.

Councillor's Kevin Radburn, Geoff Braddon and David Somervaille have all ruled out a tilt at the top job.

A new mayor will be elected on October 8 at the first official meeting of the new council

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