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Labour runs full team for 2019 local body elections

Justin Lester is hoping for a second term as Wellington Mayor, leading a full team running for Wellington City Council in next year’s local body elections.

Labour announced its candidates on Sunday, the first such announcement for the local elections to be held on 12 October 2019.

All current Labour councillors – Brian Dawson (Lambton Ward), Peter Gilberd (Northern Ward) and Fleur Fitzsimons (Southern Ward) are seeking re-election next year in a team headed by Lester.

They are joined by community campaigner and unionist Rebecca Matthews-Heron, who is running in the Onslow-Western Ward, and 20-year-old NGO campaigner Teri O’Neil in the Eastern Ward.

This is the first time in decades that Labour has run candidates in every ward.

Labour selected sitting councillor Daran Ponter for the Wellington Ward of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Sitting DHB member Eileen Brown is joined by new candidate Ayesha Verrall running for the District Health Board.