Johnson ponders running for council

21:37, Jan 27 2013
Sam Johnson sees gay marriage as "inevitable".
SAM JOHNSON: To speak at an event in Palmerston North.

The high-profile leader of the Student Volunteer Army could seek a seat on the Christchurch City Council in this year's local body elections.

Sam Johnson said he had been approached to stand for the council but had yet to decide whether he wanted to.

He was only 23 and his priority this year was to finish his degree.

"I'm not ruling it out but I haven't made a decision about it," Johnson said.

"I haven't decided if it's the right path for me or not yet. I love my community and volunteer work but whether that extends to council I'm not sure."

Johnson said this year's council elections were vital for Christchurch. "What is important is that people - young and old - take it seriously and really think about how they can make a difference."

Johnson is a member of the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board.

If he was to stand for election for the council in that ward, he would be running against incumbent councillors Helen Broughton and Jimmy Chen, both of whom have said they would be seeking re-election.


The Press