Promoter rules himself out of mayoral race

KATIE CHAPMAN
Last updated 11:49 01/05/2013
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CHANGE OF HEART: Phil Sprey will not stand for the Wellington mayoralty.

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Concert promoter Phil Sprey has ruled himself out of the Wellington mayoral race.

His decision comes after he indicated he was likely to run, and he spent weeks canvassing councillors.

But this morning he announced he had decided against it.

‘‘After spending the last few weeks discussing this crucial Wellington Leadership role and doing the homework on whether to oppose Celia Wade-Brown later this year, I came to the conclusion that at this time,  there are insufficient numbers among sitting councillors to deliver the kind of vision I have for our city,’’ he said.

So far there are three candidates for the October election – incumbent Celia Wade-Brown will be challenged by businessman Jack Yan, who runs a a global media and communications company, and was third in the last mayoral election.

Economist Keith Johnson, who stood for councillor in the Southern Ward at the 2010 elections, placing fourth, is also running.

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- The Dominion Post

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