Jono Naylor Nat candidate for Palmerston North

Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor has been selected as the National candidate for the electorate of the same name.

Mr Naylor was selected by a meeting of local party members today.

“Palmerston North communities strongly backed National’s return to Government last election, and I know Jono will run a strong campaign to maintain that support and give our communities a strong voice in John Key’s National Party.”

Mr Naylor’s candidacy follows 13 years involvement in local body politics. He served as a City Councillor for six years before his election as Mayor in 2007.

“It is a privilege to serve Palmerston North as Mayor, and while this is not a decision I have made lightly, I firmly believe that I can better serve the interests of the city through representation at a central government level,” said Mr Naylor.

“I believe that the best future for all New Zealanders will be achieved through the re-election of a National-led Government.”

“Under the leadership of John Key and National, Palmerston North is seeing the benefits of a stronger economy, more investment in research and development, and a Government which understands the crucial role of education for our future.”

“I will be working hard to gain the support of Palmerston North to give our city a strong voice in Parliament after 20 September.”

“If elected to Parliament, I intend to resign as mayor of Palmerston North.”

Success in local body elections doesn’t always translate into success in central government elections.

But a popular mayor will have a head start in campaigning and this selection will make the race for Palmerston North one to watch.

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