Long-time Kwinana mayor Carol Adams is leaving local government after previously announcing she would step down as mayor. Ms Adams last week announced she would also resign as councillor at the October 21 local government elections. In May, she said she would hang up the mayoral regalia after 26 years on council, of which 17 were at the helm. Ms Adams is Kwinana’s longest-serving mayor and the first female to hold the position. “It has been an honour and privilege to have represented the city in this key leadership role and to be part of an amazing journey watching Kwinana transition from a population of around 17,000 in 1997 to surpassing 50,000 today,” she said. Her resignation comes two years before the end of her term. Kwinana ratepayers will elect the mayor for the first time in October. Vacancies on the council now comprise a four-year mayoral term, a two-year councillor position and four councillor positions with four-year terms. At the time of going to print, deputy mayor Peter Feasey had thrown his hat in the ring for mayor. Nominations for councillor had been received from Inger Ward, David Acker and Erin Leahy. Nominations close 4pm on Thursday.