Gordon announces mayoral candidacy

BY GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 13:14 19/04/2010
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IN THE RUNNING: Liz Gordon.

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Former Alliance MP Dr Liz Gordon today announced she will contest the Christchurch mayoralty.

Dr Gordon will stand as an independent candidate.

In a statement this afternoon, she said she, like many Christchurch citizens felt the council had done 'a dreadful job'' during its current term.

"Its priorities are all wrong. Council policy appears to be run by its senior managers, not by the elected representatives.''

Gordon was standing for three principles -- leadership, democracy and community.

Gordon said mayor Bob Parker would make a better events manager than a mayor.

She slammed his role in the $17 million Henderson property transaction, raising housing rents and the council's role in the contentious national music school proposal at the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Peter Wakeman, Parker and Gordon are the only three confirmed mayoral candidates to date although there is speculation long-serving MP Jim Anderton may also throw his hat into the ring.

Sir Kerry Burke and Jo Kane, both of whom lose their Environment Canterbury (ECan) roles from May 1, have also left the door open for potential tilts at the top job.

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