Councillor Cooper seeking Helensville nod
Waitakere Ward councillor Linda Cooper has announced her bid to be the National Party candidate in Helensville.
Cooper, who is also current Waitakere Licensing Trust president, said today it was "about time" and time for her to step up and take her community's voice to parliament.
"The northwest is facing huge growth challenges. The community needs a strong advocate who gets results."
Cooper has been a councillor in Auckland since 2013.
She made her statement on Facebook, quickly gathering plenty of support except from Whau Local Board member Derek Battersby who asked if she would pay for any upcoming by-election if she is successful.
A local body by-election may cost about $100,000.
Cooper's website, decorated in National Party colours, says the politician was educated at Massey High School and has lived most of her life in the west. She was formerly a registered nurse and is also current chairperson of counselling and support group Family Action.
The battle for Helensville, former prime minster John Key's seat, is already bubbling.
The man heavily favoured to have a tilt for the seat, Cameron Brewer, ruled himself out yesterday.
He told stuff.co.nz that 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," he said.
Brewer said his commitment to the Rodney Local Board was another factor in his choice not to run.
"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."
And it appears Key's senior support person, Genelle Bailey, is gearing up to seek selection for National in Helensville.
Political blogger and pollster David Farrar says Bailey is very liked and respected in the party.
She has been working with Key for almost a decade.
With the potential that TV personality and athlete Hayley Holt will also enter the Helensville race - but for the green team rather than the National Party blue - it looks like its going to be a good contest in the northwest.