Na­tional party elects Lee

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Na­tional has se­lected Auck­land Coun­cil­lor Denise Lee as the Maun­gakiekie can­di­date for the 2017 gen­eral election.

Lee, who is cur­rently the Auck­land Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Maun­gakiekieTa­maki ward, said she was hon­oured to be se­lected by the party.

Hav­ing lived in the elec­torate for close to 20 years, Lee said she hoped to earn ‘‘Maun­gakiekie’s trust to join Bill English’s united team that will build on the suc­cess of the last few years’’.

If Lee is suc­cess­ful in her cam­paign, a by-election will be held for the Maun­gakiekieTa­maki ward coun­cil­lor po­si­tion.

Lee said she had been ap­proached by sev­eral peo­ple in­ter­ested in fill­ing her coun­cil­lor ward seat.

‘‘It is too early to put my sup­port be­hind any ward can­di­date. What I would say is any can­di­date think­ing of stand­ing for coun­cil­lor should be get­ting to know the is­sues of the area now in­stead of wait­ing to see the out­come of the election,’’ she said.

It is not Lee’s first time put­ting her hand up for MP nom­i­na­tion. Six years ago she lost to Na­tional MP Si­mon O’Con­nor to be the can­di­date for Ta­maki.

Lee re­places current MP Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga as the Maun­gakiekie can­di­date, who an­nounced in De­cem­ber 2016 he would not be seek­ing re­elec­tion.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Denise Lee is cur­rently the Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki ward coun­cil­lor.

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