A couple of weeks ago NorthernWCCWatch looked at Labour’s officially endorsed slate of candidates for this year’s election and questioned if Lambton Ward candidate Mark Peck really wanted to be a Wellington City councillor.
Mark recently sent us a response to that question which is below. Good on him for engaging and providing a thoughtful answer. I’m sure he won’t mind us publishing it.
Enjoyed your comments on my redemption back to political life. I also enjoyed your conjecture, “does he really want to be a Wellington City Councillor”.
The short answer is yes. Why would one want to live in the fish bowl of public life otherwise?
You were right to say that the homeless issue is not a vote winner. Indeed, even those intimately involved with the issue, the homeless, don’t vote. It is more a statement as to who I am.
A look through my Facebook page will show that I have a variety of views. Nothing in the social area will be sorted out without a serious look at the economic and social situation of the city right now.
The council has a role to play in this. One key area needing attention is the current disconnect between the council and those affected by council decisions. The council I am sure have no wish to be thought of as disinterested in the views of its citizens but despite all its formal protocols, that is exactly how it is perceived by the good people of the city. In politics, perception is everything.
It was this disconnect and the effect of council decisions in the area of the city where I work that directly lead me to decide to run for office. While my business survived the noise chaos and upheaval, not all were so fortunate. they have closed, laid off staff and lost their stake? Who cares? Well I do. I know what it is like to stake life’s savings into a business with all that that contains.
I am absolutely determined that this disconnect will be dealt with so that people matter in the decision making processing these sort of outcomes do not happen again.
Achieving that would be a great service to the city, in my view.
As we’ve previously mentioned, we’re happy to let candidates and readers submit a guest post or two if they wish. Or as in cases like this, responses :-). Just contact us.