We’re getting word that Nicola Young is getting ready to announce that she is standing for the Mayoralty, as well as for Lambton.
Is she the “independent” hero the centre-Right of Wellington politics have been holding out for after the Jo Coughlan fizzer, the Theresa Gattung flirt, and the constant own-goal scoring of 1960s throwback John Morrison?
If the reports are in fact true, it would give the city a true contest between the Left of Celia Wade-Brown, the “independent” Right of Nicola Young, and the Centre/non-politics of Jack Yan. Oh, and the city’s grumpy granddad, John Morrison.
As northernwwcwatch noted earlier this week, Young has led an energetic campaign in the Lambton Ward to date and is pragmatic while still building interest and excitement.
But if she did translate that into a mayoral campaign supported and resourced by the likes of Kerry Prendergast, Chris Parkin and Rex Nicholls, she would not only bolster her bid for one of Lambton’s 3 seats, but would give the currently ho-hum mayoral race that kick start it needs and be a competitive opponent to Celia Wade-Brown.
Time will tell.