As Len Brown’s second term winds down in disgrace before he is even sworn in we really should look at local body politicians who are winners and not ratbags.
A friend and favourite of the Whale, and a popular choice of voters in Taupo who re-elected her on Saturday, 12 October. Â Anna Kirk is the daughter of former National Party president Judy Kirk. Â Probably one of the smartest people in local government, and very well networked throughout Taupo and in Wellington. Â Like many politicians in a smaller district council, Anna doesnâ€™t get the public exposure that elected members get in larger metropolitan centres, but she does earn the backing of her constituents in a conservative district, and has some of the best campaigning pedigree in the country.
A Labour man with ambitions to replace Annette King in Rongotai, Councillor Paul Eagle has emerged as a formidable grass roots politician following his comprehensive re-election to Wellington City Council. Â A top polling candidate in Southern Ward, Paul is well regarded by voters in Newtown and Island Bay, and acknowledged as one of the better advocates on Wellington City Council for policy issues that play well with his Labour branches. Â Will have his work cut out to transform support for his council role into support from Labour members to overcome Helen Kelly and Andrew Little for a plum red seat when it comes up in the future. Â Â Read more »