New candidate selected to contest National's East Coast Bays electorate
A staff member in Murray McCully's office will contest his seat on the East Coast Bays Electorate in the 2017 General Election.
Erica Stanford works at the local electorate office on Auckland's North Shore and in November last year announced she would be contesting. Her selection follows McCully's February retirement announcement.
Aside from two terms from 1996 to 2002, when McCully was the MP for Albany, he has represented East Coast Bays since 1987.
Stanford was born and raised in the electorate and has lived in the area for 35 years, five years longer than McCully has been MP.
She lives in Okura with her husband and two children and says she's both thrilled and grateful to run.
"We have a strong sense of community, fantastic and hard-working local businesses, great schools, and a stunning natural environment," Stanford says in a media release.
"I am now looking forward to going out and earning the right to be the next strong local voice for East Coast Bays."
Stanford says she thinks East Coast Bays is the "best place to live in Auckland" and she wants to make sure the area has a voice in government.
"From watching Murray up-close working for him, as one of his constituents, and seeing his work for New Zealand on the world stage, I know I've got big shoes to fill," she says.
Stanford is also the chairwoman of the Browns Bay Business Association and member of the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society.
The East Coast Bays electorate covers the north-eastern suburbs of Auckland's North Shore from Okura in the north, Murrays Bay in the south and west to Albany and Schnapper Rock.