Leggett to jug­gle job and cam­paign

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Nick Leggett knows he has a busy win­ter ahead.

The Porirua mayor last week con­firmed his in­ten­tion of run­ning for the Welling­ton may­oralty, where he ex­pects a tough race against in­cum­bent Celia Wade-Brown and other high­pro­file can­di­dates.

He said his up­com­ing cam­paign would not mean any less­en­ing of his com­mit­ment to Porirua in com­ing months.

‘‘Un­til the new [Porirua] coun­cil is sworn in, I’m the mayor of this city and will carry out my job as I was be­fore,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple will not see any less of me.

‘‘You do have a tra­di­tional wind­ing down to­wards the end of a term, but there is still work to do. Every­thing is very man­age­able.’’

Leggett said his cam­paign team for the Welling­ton may­oralty bid had come to­gether ‘‘or­gan­i­cally’’.

He said of­fers of sup­port had come from sev­eral quar­ters, and his team was a com­bi­na­tion of peo­ple he knew and new ad­vis­ers.

His de­ci­sion to run in Welling­ton wasn’t made on a whim, he said.

‘‘I didn’t wake up one day and de­cide to run. Peo­ple were talk­ing to me about it and af­ter a while you be­come sen­si­tive to what peo­ple are say­ing about a topic like this.

‘‘I made the de­ci­sion to step down in Porirua first. That was a sep­a­rate step to run­ning in Welling­ton.

‘‘The cap­i­tal needs bet­ter di­rec­tion and closer work with cen­tral govern­ment.’’

What about los­ing and hav­ing no job at all, es­pe­cially with wife Emily ex­pect­ing a baby in July?

‘‘It’s a fair ques­tion. First, I want to see this work [in Porirua] through un­til Oc­to­ber be­cause I like to see a job through. That, the cam­paign and my fam­ily are my pri­or­i­ties.

‘‘If I don’t win in Welling­ton, I’ll be look­ing for a job. Politi­cians should know they can’t rely on be­ing elected. If I lose, I can cope with it, but you have to be pre­pared to be bold some­times.’’

Leggett is chal­leng­ing one of his main ri­vals, North­ern ward coun­cil­lor and deputy mayor Justin Lester, to run solely for the top job.

‘‘Run­ning in a ward is not some­thing I con­sid­ered. I say that if you’re se­ri­ous about be­ing mayor, just run for the may­oralty.’’

PHOTO: FAIRFAX

Nick Leggett says his de­ci­sion to make a bid for the Welling­ton may­oralty wasn’t made on a whim.

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