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