Chloe Swar­brick to stand for Green Party in 2017

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Auck­land’s youngest may­oral can­di­date has an­nounced her bid for Par­lia­ment on Face­book.

Chloe Swar­brick, 22, an­nounced on Face­book on Novem­ber 11 that she will stand for the Green Party in next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Swar­brick said her may­oralty cam­paign this year taught her there was ‘‘a tide for change’’ and ‘‘a tide for pro­gres­sive in­clu­sive com­pas­sion­ate and em­pa­thetic pol­i­tics’’.

Swar­brick also sub­tly drew on the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of Don­ald Trump, and said peo­ple were, ‘‘dis­sat­is­fied with the es­tab­lish­ment and the sta­tus quo’’.

‘‘I don’t want us to fall into a trap of ha­tred or fear. I want to be part of the change that is pos­i­tive for our coun­try and our so­ci­ety,’’ she said in a Face­book video.

‘‘So to­day I’m an­nounc­ing that I’m join­ing the Green Party and I’m in­tend­ing to run with them in the next gen­eral elec­tion. I hope this can be the start of a new con­ver­sa­tion about the fu­ture that we, as New Zealan­ders want for our coun­try.’’

Swar­brick said many of her sup­port­ers had asked what she would do next after los­ing the Auck­land may­oralty to Phil Goff this year.

Chloe Swar­brick has an­nounced she will join the Green Party.

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