I have been advised by someone in the know that it is not wise to cast your vote for mayor for anyone who does not have previous experience as a Councillor. Without the inside knowledge of how Council works, there is no way to make a good job of it.
Perhaps the person you like and admire may have wonderful qualities and would make an excellent councillor, but without the experience gained in that position they will struggle to cope. And remember, Simon Richardson – love him or otherwise – had to give up all other major pursuits when he became mayor. It’s a time consuming job.