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Who wants to be Melbourne’s next mayor?

By AAP Newswire

Nominations open on Thursday for Melbourne's top job at Town Hall and candidates are already lining up to replace Robert Doyle as the next Lord Mayor.

Pollster Gary Morgan is among those to have already confirmed his intention to contest the highly coveted role.

He plans to "clean out the town hall swamp" by cutting out corruption and changing the culture at council.

"First thing I am going to do is tackle homelessness," the independent candidate told AAP.

"They are good people the other candidates, they will all make a good lord mayor ... but will they make changes? I think probably not."

Former City of Melbourne councillor Ken Ong will also run for the $193,000 job alongside Property Council of Victoria boss Sally Capp and businesswoman Jennifer Yang.

Incumbent City of Melbourne councillor Rohan Leppert wants to be lord mayor, telling AAP "culture comes from the top which needs to be clear and transparent if council is going to be well governed".

The postal by-election has been called after Mr Doyle resigned from the post following a sexual harassment scandal.

Wyndham City councillor Intaj Khan has reportedly considered running despite facing charges over failing to declare commercial interests.

Moreland City councillor Oscar Yildiz told AAP he is not a resident and does not own a business in the City of Melbourne but had not ruled out running.

A spokesman for the Victorian Electoral Commission said for Cr Khan and Cr Yildiz to contest the by-election they would need to resign their current local government positions.

Candidates have until midday on Tuesday to lodge their nominations.

Ballot papers will be sent to eligible voters from April 23 with the compulsory poll closing on May 11.