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Ross Church drops from Mayoral race before it starts…

By Alan Tristram

One of the more popular politicians on the Kapiti Coast, Ross Church, has decided to give up his planned challenge for the Mayoralty.

His shock move probably helps contender K Gurunathan in his challenge against sitting Mayor Jenny Rowan as the ‘anti’ Rowan vote won’t be so fragmented.

Councillor Church, who has served a three-year term as districtwide councillor, was top contender in the voting for councillors’ in 2010, winning 3131 votes, well ahead of Mike Cardiff on 2940 and Diane Ammundsen on 2862.

He also came a respectable third place in the Mayoralty race, winning 3507 votes against Ms Rowan (8548) and Chris Turver (7900).

His decision to withdraw leaves four main contenders in the race: Mayor Rowan; Cr K Gurunathan (Guru); Otaki Board member Jackie Elliott; and former British Horse Guardsman  and now Kapiti farrier, Gavin Welsh.

Ross’s Reasons

But Cr Church has now decided to pull out of the race for Mayor — and give up Council work too.

He told me he feels he has to concentrate on his Auto Classics business and on his management tutoring work.Ross Church 1

He also feels he has done his bit in a fast-changing local body world, where the future of the KCDC itself is in  the balance.

During his three years on Council, Councillor Church was chair of the Corporate Business committee; and deputy chair of the Audit & Risk subcommittee.

Ideals for Mayoralty

When he announced his candidacy for the Mayoralty earlier this year, he said he was standing to ‘find new ways of doing things. Having spent 30 months learning how the bureaucracy works, I want to be part of a new approach, with new blood, so that we, KCDC, respond to the wishes of our community.’

When he announced his candidacy for the Mayoralty earlier this year, he said he was standing to ‘find new ways of doing things. Having spent 30 months learning how the bureaucracy works, I want to be part of a new approach, with new blood, so that we, KCDC, respond to the wishes of our community.’

Sorry to hear of Councillor Ross’ decision to stand down from council duties. It is good for him to choose another path instead of a political one. I wish to acknowledge him for his Tutoring Mentor role & having the courage to go outside an obvious Political Role. Here’ to you Mr Church.

Sorry to read Cr. Ross Church is withdrawing from the Mayoral race, also surprised that he is not standing for KCDC as a Councillor either. Ross does a great job as Chair of the Corporate Business Committee courteously using his chairing skills and putting people at ease.

However we await the line up for election when the time comes..it is to be hoped that all candidates will abide by the Electoral Act rules, and there is a clean, interesting campaign.