The political scene in Birmingham could be transformed over the next six months as the city moves slowly but surely towards being governed by an elected mayor.
On the other hand, it could be a case of more of the same if voters reject the idea of having a mayor in a referendum.
Paul Dale examines the timetable, and the perils and pitfalls ahead.
May 3: One-third of Birmingham City Council seats will be contested at the local elections.
Voters will also be asked whether they wish to move from a council leader and cabinet system, which is the current arrangement, to a mayor who would be chosen once every four years directly by everyone in Birmingham who is registered to vote and bothers to do so.
May 4: At about 4am on Friday May 4,