Lester backs can­di­dates

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Justin Lester has con­firmed he is stand­ing for the Welling­ton may­oralty only, and has en­dorsed three North­ern ward can­di­dates for the up­com­ing elec­tions.

‘‘My aim is to be suc­cess­ful with the may­oral cam­paign in Oc­to­ber,’’ he said. ‘‘I be­lieve that a role as a coun­cil­lor should not be a life­time ca­reer and in­tro­duc­ing new can­di­dates with a strong stand­ing in the com­mu­nity is healthy.’’

Lester has of­fi­cially en­dorsed three can­di­dates in the north – Peter Gil­berd, Jill Day and in­cum­bent Mal­colm Spar­row.

‘‘All have strong com­mu­nity con­nec­tions, will bring a new lease on life around the coun­cil ta­ble and will do a good job.’’

Lester was con­fi­dent of good sup­port from Tawa and the rest of the North­ern ward in his bid for the may­oralty.

‘‘The last six years serv­ing [this ward] have been the most ful­fill­ing of my ca­reer. When I first ran I said I wanted to im­prove lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture and help give each lo­cal sub­urb a stronger heart.’’

Lester said he had helped se­cure $40 mil­lion of in­vest­ment for the north­ern sub­urbs.

In par­tic­u­lar in Tawa, he had ad­vo­cated for up­grad­ing the sur­face at Red­wood Park, im­prove­ments at Tawa Pool, se­cur­ing fund­ing for the hang­ing bas­kets on Main Rd and work­ing with res­i­dents over the Spicer Land­fill smell.

Justin Lester, who is run­ning for mayor only.

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