No doubt a few of you will have seen this morning’s Dom Post. Logically we have decided to dedicate today’s ‘Fisking the Candidates’ to the Lambton Ward. As predicted, the contest here looks to be the most exciting of the WCC race. We have previously covered it in the Lambton Ward tag.
Today’s Dom Post leads with a cover story on Sir Michael Fowler’s bid to get re-elected to the council. Only 27 years after he left office and 42 years since he was first elected.
I think his experience will be a double-edged sword, I have no doubt he knows hows local body politics work and that he has an extensive knowledge of Wellington, but how well will he be able to slip back into the frey?
His fellow knight, Sir Bob Jones (do they hang out around a round table at the Wellington Club?) had this to say:
When Sir Michael told friend Sir Robert Jones he was considering another mayoral bid, Sir Bob had replied: “Don’t be stupid.”
“Everyone says, `You’re far too old’,” Sir Michael said.
I think there will be a few people thinking similarly. At the end of the day though, I think there is a reasonable chance his name recognition will be able to get him over the line.
Still not a lot known about him, but we have discovered he has another blog. Seems like a smart cookie! Yet to be seen if he can be a serious campaigner in a crowded field though.
There seems to be a rather desperate smear campaign going on against Adam Cunningham in the comments of a number of our posts. We are yet to see if the allegations will stick, or have any impact at all.
Iona’s pamphlet has been delivered to households around the Lambton Ward. Just as in 2007 she is a Green Party candidate using the colour blue. I don’t quite understand this. Is it an attempt at crossover appeal? Interestingly in the pamphlet she endorses Stephanie Cook for number two votes, and Celia Wade-Brown for mayor (okay, the Celia endorsement is no surprise).
A number of candidates, namely John Morrison, Marcus Ganley, John Bishop and Paul Eagle have pounced on the idea of moving the building of artificial turfs forward. Seems to be a pretty popular idea and I have no doubt they’ll get good traction on it. Unlikley grouping of candidates though!
The Lambton Ward will prove to be a tight race. There are plenty of quality candidates, solid incumbents and even a celebrity candidate. I think the only certainty is that Iona will get re-elected due to her popularity and name recognition. The rest will come down to many iterations of preferences.