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.