Corangamite Shire councillors look like they have a decision on their hands when they elect their next mayor later this month.
Current mayor Neil Trotter and central ward councillor Wayne Oaks are tipped to throw their hats in the ring for the council's top job.
After a productive 12 months as mayor, Cr Trotter said he would like to finish off many of the projects he started in the role.
"I intend to put my hand up again," he said. "My first 12 months as mayor have been very rewarding, albeit very busy.
"There's a number of projects that we have on the drawing board that I would like to see finality to.
"When I first came on council I had list of a lot of things I wanted to achieve, some of them I have achieved, some I won't, and some might be finished beyond my time on council.
"Work done on council is not an individual achievement, what we do we do as a team. No-one can really claim credit for anything that happens at council because it has to go through the democratic process, it is largely a team effort."
Cr Oakes said while he hasn't made any "hard and fast" decisions, he is thinking about running for mayor.
"I'm thinking about it like I'm sure every councillor is," he said.
"You've got to look at the best way you can continue to support the community and whether or not you can cope with the pressure, because it is quite a load.
"Anyone who does it as well as the last couple of mayors has to be pretty exceptional, they're a hard act to follow.
"To be honest I think the average Joe citizen doesn't have any idea the time and effort that goes in to being mayor, I think sometimes even councillors are stunned."
Cr Lesley Brown, Cr Helen Durant and Cr Simon Illingworth all said they would not be putting their name forward for mayor.
Cr Brown said she had enough on her plate with her responsibilities as north ward councillor.
"I'm very happy being north ward councillor and looking after the towns I've got out there," she said.
"I wouldn't be able to devote enough time to the role on top of what I'm doing now.
"There's a few projects I would like to get done before council elections next year, such as the Lismore water tower which is one of my projects. The design we've got for that is beautiful, it will fit in with the whole setting very well."
Cr Illingworth said Cr Trotter was doing a good job as mayor.
"Who becomes mayor is for others to choose, but I think Neil is doing a good job and is probably all set for it," he said.
"I don't make any decisions based upon my own situation as councillor, I make them as they come. I don't think it's helpful to have a flurry of activity before an election.
"You get four years to do your best."
Deputy mayor Cr Ruth Gstrein said she hadn't given the decision any thought.
Former mayor Cr Jo Beard said she won't be putting her hand up at this stage.
"At this stage it's not something that I will be putting my hand up to do," she said.
"I had my three years as mayor and I enjoyed the opportunity to lead council.
"Now I'm certainly appreciative of the work-life balance I have now, the family certainly appreciate having me around more because it is an extremely big role, it takes a lot of time and commitment.
"It's something that shouldn't be done halfheartedly."
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