First council candidates revealed, convicted blackmailer standing

With just over a week until nominations close, Wellington’s Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs has helpfully released a statement with the 11 people who have officially been nominated and reminding other candidates to get their nominations in on time.

Nominations received so far (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Sridhar Ekambaram (Onslow-Western Ward)
  • Christine Grace (Makara/Ohariu Community Board)
  • Graeme Hansen (Tawa Community Board)
  • Sue Kedgley (Capital & Coast District Health Board)
  • Nick Leggett (Capital & Coast District Health Board)
  • Justin Lester (Northern Ward)
  • Margaret Lucas (Tawa Community Board)
  • Graham McCready (Eastern Ward)
  • Mark Peck (Lambton Ward)
  • Hayley Robinson (Onslow-Western Ward)
  • Nicola Young (Mayor and Lambton Ward)

The stand-out name on that list is of course Graham McCready – infamous for his private prosecution against Trevor Mallard who assaulted Tau Henare in Parliament’s lobby in 2007.

More recently, he was convicted of blackmail, has been trying to bring private prosecutions against ACT leader John Banks and Peter Dunne. Not since Rob Goulden has the Eastern Ward has been under the specter of such lunacy. I cant wait to see his campaign and the candidate forums!

Interestingly Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is also throwing is hat in to the ring for a seat on the District Health Board along with Sue Kedgley.

There will of course be a last minute flurry of candidates (including Celia Wade-Brown, John Morrison, Jack Yan and many incumbent councillors) submitting their nomination forms.

At the equivalent point in 2010, 13 nominations had been received for the various Wellington City Council positions out of an eventual total of 61, and one nomination had been received for the Capital & Coast District Health Board out of an eventual total of 21.

The Wellington City Electoral Officer handles nominations for Mayor, City Councillor, Tawa Community Board, Makara-Ohariu Community Board and on an agency basis for Capital & Coast District Health Board.

People also have until Friday 16 August is to enrol to vote. If you’re not enrolled by 5pm that day, you’ll have to contact the Electoral Officer to obtain special voting papers when voting begins.

A staggering 5,000 names were removed prior to the compilation of the preliminary roll of electors, because people have moved house and not updated their address details. If you want to check you’re on the preliminary roll of electors, visit your local library or the Council offices on Wakefield Street before 5pm next Friday. Make sure you do!

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5 responses to “First council candidates revealed, convicted blackmailer standing

  1. Luckily for McCready he will just be off of his home detention by the time of the Eastern Ward Meet the Candidates meeting so he’ll be able to attend.

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