Cameron Brewer rules himself out in Helensville

Brewer says the time is not right for him to seek selection.
Chris McKeen / Fairfax NZ

Brewer says the time is not right for him to seek selection.

The man hotly tipped to seek selection to replace former Prime Minister John Key in the Helensville seat has ruled himself out.

Rodney Local Board member Cameron Brewer says it's not the right time for him.

"After much consideration and after consulting a lot of people, I have decided I won't be standing for National Party selection for the seat of Helensville," Brewer says.

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Brewer moved to Riverhead in 2015 from central Auckland where he had been a councillor for the Orakei Ward.

He says many people believed that running for the seat was the intention behind his move.

"In reality, the real reason we moved out here was the lifestyle we could give the kids and we fell in love with property we bought."

However, Brewer says if former Prime Minister Key had continued on as Helensville MP for another few years, he may have considered it.

He says at this stage in his life with three children and two of them aged under two, it is not the right time.

"I worked in Parliament for several years as a press secretary and I appreciate the toll it places on the families back home. Ideally you really want your kids to at least be at school otherwise you really dump your spouse in it."

His commitment to the Rodney Local Board was another factor in his choice not to run.

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"I've only just been elected in good faith by the community to the Rodney Local Board. I'm part of the Rodney First ticket and we secured a majority on the board, he says.

"I'm really enjoying it and the challenges are profound given all the growth. If I bailed now, it would cause a headache for the team and could mean a by-election for the wider Kumeu area."

He also says his public relations business is going well and he wants to grow his commercial credentials before standing, if he ever decides to do so.

He says coming to his end decision was not difficult for these reasons.

John Key announced his resignation as Prime Minister on December 5, sparking speculation as who would replace him as Helensville MP.

Key will stay on as Helensville MP as to not trigger a by-election.

He will step down closer to election time.

 - Stuff

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