Today I officially filed as a candidate for the Regional Council.
I am pleased to be nominated by Claire Vogtherr, local business, education and civic leader, and by Bruno Chambers, farmer, environmentalist and chairman of the Te Mata Park Trust.
I am standing because I regard the current Council as asleep at the wheel, falling behind over the last decade in both of its major functions — protecting our environment and promoting a more vibrant and diversified regional economy. These challenges require new ideas, more vigorous action, and fresh faces.
I am standing for one of the four Hastings ward seats on the Regional Council, currently occupied by Councillors von Dadelszen, Rose, McGregor and Remmerswaal.
Liz Remmerswaal is an ardent voice for the environment, and has my full support.
Of course BayBuzz will continue to publish through the election window, bringing issue analysis from me and the many other voices who publish in BayBuzz. Our newspaper and website are open to all candidates for advertising, and our website includes a section — Election 2010 — with links to other candidates’ online resources.
I look forward to a spirited campaign.