‘I’m a very determined person and if I tell you I’m going to do something I will make sure I do it,’ the 36-year-old Perth resident said.
‘I’m not there for the money or prestige; I want Vincent to be the best it possibly can be for the businesses and residents.’
Mr Merlacco, who ran for a North ward council seat at the last election, said it would be a ‘good fight’ against sole opponent, Vincent councillor and Beaufort Street Network founder John Carey.
Cr Carey said the City was ‘going through a really challenging time for the community’ and needed an experienced mayor to lead the way.
‘We’ve got this proposed threat of a split hanging over us and I think that in this time we need the experience of someone who has been on council over the past couple of years dealing with the issue who can provide a strong voice for residents ” and I genuinely believe I am best placed to do that,’ he said.
Vincent councillors Dudley Maier and deputy mayor Warren McGrath have not renominated for their roles.
Cr Maier said now was a good time to take a couple of years off and embark on a cycling tour.
Cr McGrath said personal and professional obligations would make it difficult to dedicate necessary time to the position.
Fellow councillors Matt Buckels and Joshua Topelberg will run for another term.
Other North ward candidates are Emma Cole, Kirstyn Johnson, Basil Franchina, Andrew Monisse, Mark Rossi, Rachel Naisbitt and Adam Duncan.
South ward candidates include James Peart, Angelo Merlacco, Glenn Christie, Katrina Montaut, Laine McDonald, Vinnie Molina and Tony Brackenreg.
– In the City of Perth, eight candidates have nominated for the four council positions up for election next month.
Current councillors James Limnios, Judy McEvoy and Lyndon Rodgers have all renominated for their positions.
Former councillor Eleni Evangel resigned from her position earlier this year after she was elected to State Government and her position has remained vacant since.
Bruce Campbell, Keith Yong, Mathew Clarke, Reece Harley and Richard Klimek have also put their names forward for election.
Local government elections will be held on October 19.