Veteran 10-term Wellington city councillor Helene Ritchie has announced she is running for mayor.
As nominations opened on Friday for spots on the council, Ritchie said she had handed in her forms to run for mayor, councillor, and for a spot on the Capital & Coast District Health Board.
Ritchie joins incumbent Celia Wade-Brown, councillor Jo Coughlan, Keith Johnson, Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, and councillor Nicola Young in the fight for the mayoralty.
I understand another Councillor is highly likely to announce, so Celia is beign challenged by her own Deputy and four of her Councillors!
Quite ironic that Ritchie is campaigning on injecting new energy when she was first elected in 1977!