No double dipping from Ron Mark

Good on Ron Mark, he has resigned as Carterton’s mayor so he won’t be a double dipper.

It does cause a by-election but that is the price of electing someone who won;t double dip.

Ron Mark is to step down as Carterton mayor today.

Having been returned to Parliament on Saturday on the New Zealand First Party list, Mark told Wairarapa News yesterday he would resign as mayor.

He was expected to tender his resignation at this morning’s full council meeting. Doing so will force a by-election with the vacant mayoral position going to a district-wide postal vote.  

If the new mayor is a sitting councillor then this would trigger yet another by-election for their vacant council position. Each of these postal by-elections would cost ratepayers between $10,000 and $12,000.

In the meantime, deputy mayor John Booth is expected to step up as acting mayor while the process plays out.

There were a few ways Mark’s brief parliamentary campaign could have played out on Saturday but getting into opposition on the party list wasn’t his preferred outcome. He says he is excited about heading back to Parliament but would have liked to have been the Wairarapa electorate MP.

“But it’s also a tad disappointing because I’m used to working for my community and that’s what I would have preferred to have been doing. Them’s the breaks. That said, I will have an office in the Wairarapa and anyone’s that’s supported me and needs help will be welcome through that door,” he says.

He pledges to keep the new Wairarapa MP, Alastair Scott, honest during this term and will contest the seat again in 2017.


– Wairarapa News

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