Engaged Guy may not run for council

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 21/02/2013

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With wedding bells approaching, Palmerston North city councillor Nikki Guy is unsure if she will run for a second term.

Ms Guy, sister of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy, is getting married to Manawatu man James Speedy.

Recently returned from two months' holiday, the one-term Hokowhitu ward councillor said she had a lot of decisions to make about her personal life.

She had not decided yet whether to stand for re-election to the council in October.

"I have a lot to think about," she said.

"I've just been on leave for two months, and now we're planning the wedding in six weeks' time, and it's been a bit hectic," she said.

Ms Guy said she was "very excited" about the wedding.

The Feilding-based city councillor stood for election in the Hokowhitu ward in 2010 on the strength of her connections through a Fitzherbert Ave women's fashion shop, Reve, which she ran with mother, Jo.

They closed the business in 2011 before the murder trial of Ewen Macdonald, in which he was found not guilty of killing Ms Guy's brother, Scott.

Meantime, most of the other city councillors have confirmed they will be standing again in October's elections, with Awapuni ward councillor Pat Kelly already seeking approval to erect signs.

He and fellow Awapuni councillor Adrian Broad said they would also stand for the MidCentral District Health Board. Cr Kelly is a current member.

Councillor Lew Findlay will challenge mayor Jono Naylor for the top job, and no other councillors have indicated they will join the race.

Councillors Duncan McCann and Tangi Utikere did not rule out the possibility that they might consider it in future.

Councillor Chris Teo-Sherrell said he was "undecided".

A round-up of last term's mayoral candidates has failed to identify a firm contender from outside the present council.

Former mayor Mark Bell-Booth said his life had moved on in other directions.

Grant Seton said he was considering standing, but said he had a lot of other things to achieve before making a definite statement.

Russell Johnson said he had not given the matter a lot of thought yet.

Naked Pie Man Leighton Haar was not available within normal business hours, but is reported to be thinking about it.

Arshad Chatha, facing charges relating to an alleged incident with court bailiffs in 2010, said it was too early to consider the mayoralty.

He has applied for a variation of his bail conditions to allow him to study law at the University of Waikato.

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