The Press reported:
Vicki Buck is attempting a political comeback after 15 years.
The former three-term Christchurch mayor yesterday confirmed she would seek election as a Riccarton-Wigram ward councillor in October’s local body elections.
Speculation has mounted since Buck was this month spotted with mayoral hopeful Lianne Dalziel and former mayor Garry Moore, her successor in 1998, who hinted at a return too, but has since ruled himself out.
“I wasn’t confident I was going to [run], otherwise I would have just said,” Buck said.
“I vowed when I stepped down as mayor never to interfere in the council, and I haven’t. I never imagined I would go back into something like this because there are so many other things I love doing and get excited about.”
Sounding out others to potentially run was the catalyst to make a call on her own candidacy, Buck said.
She first ran for council in 1975, aged 19.
She has opted to try to depose either Helen Broughton or Jimmy Chen in Riccarton-Wigram, where she has lived for more than 15 years, rather than targeting a vacant seat.
I thought Vicki was a pretty good Mayor. So why doesn’t she stand for that job again? I think people would appreciate someone with a proven track record.