With council election campaigns already underway, who has your attention at this early stage?
With Len Brown not standing we will have a new mayor by the end of the year, the question is who will take it. I’m trying to keep an open mind and watch all the candidates. It’s too early to be making a decision on who is prefer plus we haven’t seen enough of them yet to be able to make an informed decision.The new mayor needs to be someone who can pull together what has become a divided council and set a clear, united direction for Auckland.Councillor wise I haven’t seen a full list of who is standing (or who isn’t). I am keeping in mind some of the decisions made over the past term by our current councillors some which conflict with what they’ve been saying.The critical part is to find out what the candidates are saying but also see what they’ve been doing (where possible). As they say past performance is the best indicator of future performance.We need councillors who are able to listen to the community they represent but also explain to them why decisions have been made. They’re a critical link between the council and the people they serve. We also need them to be leaders, making the tough calls, not just for today but for the future generations too.
– Damian Light, United Future