VOTING is now under way for the Mount Gambier City Council elections after voting papers were sent out last week.
The 19,000 electors have until next Friday to lodge voting papers to elect a mayor and eight councillors.
Three will contest the mayoralty, while 19 will fight out the eight positions for council.
Indications are, from talking with people in pubs, clubs and shoppers on the street, the mayoral election will be close but most expect it to be a two-way contest between mayor Andrew Lee and Chamber of Commerce president Lynette Martin OAM.
The third candidate is retired school teacher Mark Jones, who some suggest lacks the high profile of the other two