He and Cr Warren McGrath were the only two Vincent councillors who did not discount nominating for Alannah MacTiernan’s position, which will be free after she resigns later in the year to run for the Federal seat of Perth.
But Cr McGrath said he was ‘unlikely’ to nominate.
‘There is a lot to consider, including, family, friends and work,’ he said. ‘The mayor role is full time and it will be a challenging year or two with government likely to push us into amalgamation,’ he said.
Cr Carey said he was struggling to make a decision, as it would involve ‘giving it his all’ and resigning from a full time job as an environmental lobbyist.
‘I’m really passionate about the Vincent community but for me the most important thing is that, whoever is mayor, we all continue this really exciting agenda that has been started under Alannah,’ he said.
‘From the community feedback I get, people are really pleased with the way things are moving, and that we are getting things done in terms of revitalisation of our town centres, looking at meeting the children’s boom with new playground facilities, pursuing the greening plan and looking at how we invest in the bike plan.
‘Despite the amalgamation looming over us, it’s a really exciting time to be in Vincent ” so much is happening and I want to see that continue.’
Ms MacTiernan said Cr Carey was the only current councillor she knew of that was keen to become mayor.
‘With the work he has done in establishing the Beaufort Street Network and getting the Beaufort Street Festival under way, and with his passion and enthusiasm, I think he’d be a really good candidate,’ she said.
Guardian spoke to seven of the eight councillors; Cr Matt Buckles was unavailable to comment.
Cr Julia Wilcox said she would like to see an existing councillor in the role.
Cr Roslyn Harley said she was sad to see Ms MacTiernan leave.
‘I’m after a mayor who has a good grasp on what we need going into amalgamations,’ she said.
Cr Joshua Topelberg and Cr John Pintabona said business and family commitments deterred them from running. Cr Dudley Maier declined to comment.