Carter weighs up council options
High-profile Christchurch City councillor Tim Carter says he will likely bow out of local body politics in October.
The first-term councillor has been under pressure from mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel - who credits him with persuading her to contest the mayoralty - to stand for another term, but he told The Press yesterday he was unlikely to do so.
He and his wife were expecting their first child in October and he wanted to be a hands-on dad.
"I'm still considering my options . . . but I'm leaning towards not standing for re-election," he said. He had stood for office believing strongly in the need for change within the council organisation and that change was now starting to occur.
Deputy mayor Ngaire Button says she is still deciding whether she will stand against Dalziel for the mayoralty.
As at midday yesterday only two nominations had been received for Christchurch's local body elections.
The closing date for nominations is August 16.