The Herald reports:
The Super City mayoral contest has sparked to life with Labour MP Phil Goff all but declaring he is standing and the first centre-right candidate coming forward.
Last night, Mr Goff told the Herald “it is likely I will put my name forward”, telling voters to expect an announcement before Christmas.
If Goff stands, will he remain an MP and campaign while being paid as an MP? Lianne Dalziel resigned as an MP prior to the results of the Mayoral election. Will Goff do the same?
This comes as Orakei Local Board member Mark Thomas puts his hat in the ring.
Mr Thomas is standing as an independent with encouragement from several councillors but no political backing at this stage for the October 2016 contest.
The mayoralty is important, but even more important is getting a majority on Council who will stop doing over ratepayers with 10% rates increases.