Leggett says Murrell has the right stuff
Euon Murrell has the tick of approval for the Porirua mayoralty from someone who should know.
Nick Leggett, who declared recently he would not contest the Porirua mayoralty after two terms in the role, said Murrell brought several attributes to the table.
‘‘Euon is a successful businessman, he’s wellrespected and he knows the council and the city well,’’ Leggett said.
‘‘Porirua is a city focused on its future and growing, making it a place you want to live, and Euon is someone who knows where we are headed.’’
Leggett said although Murrell might appeal more to voters in the north of the city at first glance, he had a social conscience and enough awareness in his four terms as councillor to know what was happening in communities in the east and west of Porirua.
‘‘He’s a strong voice for Porirua and a strong choice for mayor.
‘‘Euon is a successful businessman, he’s wellrespected and he knows the council and the city well.’’
‘‘He gets things done and has experience, which are important qualities for the job,’’ Leggett said.
Murrell said he would be standing for the mayoralty only, so the northern ward will have three new faces around the council table, if Anita Baker retains her seat, as expected.
He said he would not be standing on party lines and was a team-builder who was up to the challenge of uniting the council and keeping up the momentum started under Leggett.
He conceded rates would always be of concern for Porirua’s mayor.
‘‘It would be easy to stand on a platform of reducing rates, but questions must be asked about how that can actually be achieved,’’ Murrell said.
‘‘Just cutting services is not the answer. Rates is a constant focus for councillors and there are endless debates about it.
‘‘We are absolutely aware of how important this issue is in the community.’’
Leggett has yet to confirm his plans, though it has been reported he is considering a tilt at the Wellington mayoralty.