Restaurateur John Palino has announced he’s running for Mayor of Auckland for the third time.
Mr Palino has run for Mayor twice before, in 2013 and 2016, losing both times. He came closest in 2013, coming second to Len Brown. In 2016 he came fourth behind Vic Crone and Chloe Swarbrick.
In 2013 Palino got 108.928 votes or 32% of the vote.
In 2016 Palino got 22,387 votes or 6% of the vote.
A year out from the election he’s the only candidate on the right to announce he’s running, perhaps boosting his chances.
“The whole key is whether or not there is other people running ’cause we’re just going to split the vote,” he said.
I’m pretty sure there will be others running.