Dean not seeking council re-election
One-term Invercargill city councillor Carolyn Dean will not seek re-election at the October local body elections.
However, she may return in three years to seek the city's mayoralty.
The city council's infrastructure services committee chairwoman for the past three years, Cr Dean announced yesterday she was taking a "strategic break from the internal cogs of local government", so she could pursue business interests and diversify her governance experience in the outside world.
"Stepping outside of council this term is a strategic move. I'm still 100 per cent committed to this region and the stellar future that's ahead of us. This is not a withdrawal from serving the city, it will actually enable me to ramp up my efforts in more direct ways," she said.
It was a "myth" that people had to be elected to make a real difference to a community, she said.
"By its very nature, council business is notoriously slow and can hypnotise you into a state of apathy if you're not vigilant. There are plenty of punchier and more dynamic ways to help build the future of the south . . ."
Her immediate political focus would be to act in an advisory role to Southland District Council mayoral candidate Gary Tong.
But, come the 2016 local body elections, her name may be in the hat for a bigger prize on the city council.
She said it was "not beyond the realms of possibility" that she would stand for the Invercargill mayoralty in 2016.
Cr Dean was elected onto the Invercargill City Council at the 2010 elections.
When deputy mayor Jackie Kruger left the council mid-term, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said he wanted Cr Dean as the deputy mayor.
However, city councillors outvoted him, instead choosing Cr Darren Ludlow for the role.
Cr Dean joins Invercargill city councillors Norman Elder and Thelma Buck in announcing they will not be seeking re-election in October.
Nominations for the local body elections close at noon today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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