Paula or Desley?

The Herald reports:

Are Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson and former deputy prime minister Paula Bennett both eyeing a run for the Auckland mayoralty in 2025?

Murmurings usually develop mid-political cycle with intentions signalled a year out, but in mayoral cycle speculation has started much earlier.

Two respected strong right-leaning women will be an interesting race to watch – the seasoned Wellington politician versus the highly respected deputy .

Either Paula or Desley would be a great Mayor of Auckland. It would be a great choice, if they both stood.

However as it is FPP, and no doubt Labour will put up someone who wants to hike by 20%, it is important there is only one centre-right candidate.

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