National party elects Lee
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.
Denise Lee is currently the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward councillor.