Mayoral contender steps up

03:33, Jul 22 2013
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Chris Wilkes

Kidney transplant survivor and New Plymouth district council candidate Chris Wilkes has announced he intends to run for mayor.

At noon today Mr Wilkes started a Facebook post called ''Vote Wilkes for Mayor'' and confirmed minutes later he intended to stand for the position.

The keen surfer would join incumbent Harry Duynhoven and councillor Andrew Judd in the race for the chains.

''We take the bull by the horns where I come from mate... can't change much swinging from the tail,'' Mr Wilkes said.

The environmentalist was last month elected to the board of the Taranaki Youth Health Trust, better known as Waves and announced in May he would stand for council later this year.

In September last year Mr Wilkes underwent a kidney transplant after four years living with nephrotic syndrome, the kidney disorder that ended Jonah Lomu's rugby career.

He has not yet filed his mayoral nomination papers with the district council or confirmed if he still intends standing for council. 

Each nomination costs $200.

Nominations opened on Friday and close on Friday August 16.

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