What a bugger, Sam Johnson would have been a good councillor for Christchurch. He is a genuine top bloke.
I hope Lianne Dalziel finds someone equally as good because Bob Parker has to go.
Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson will not challenge Mayor Bob Parker in the upcoming Christchurch elections, despite agonising over an offer to team up with Labour MP Lianne Dalziel.
The Weekend Press revealed Dalziel – the MP for Christchurch East and Labour’s earthquake recovery spokeswoman – invited Johnson to be her running mate and would-be deputy mayor in October’s local body elections.
Neither Dalziel nor Johnson would comment on Friday, but Johnson admitted last night he “very seriously did consider” the offer. He finally decided against it on Saturday afternoon.
“I really wanted to do it,” he said. “It was a really difficult decision to make, but I don’t think it is the right thing for me right now.” Read more »