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Aldo Miccio announces 2010 mayoralty candidacy

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21 January, 2010 - EMBARGOED UNTIL MIDDAY

 

Aldo Miccio announces 2010 mayoralty candidacy

Nelson to become a visionary city for all generations

 

Today Aldo Miccio announced his mayoralty candidacy for the 2010 local body elections, saying he wants Nelson to become a visionary city for all generations of Nelsonians.

Aldo Miccio is currently an active Nelson City Councillor and has successfully secured two Rugby World Cup 2011 matches for the city, has been instrumental in the Trafalgar Park multi-facility upgrade, has initiated an events venue strategy to save ratepayers’ money, and has furthered the Council amalgamation debate. 

Cr Miccio says he wants to see Nelson become a visionary city that caters for all generations.

“I loved growing up in Nelson, and now I am enjoying raising my three children here,” Miccio says.  “Looking into the future, I want to ensure my children have an option of raising their children here; that we have a city where young adults have more options for tertiary education and quality jobs; and we are a region where my parents’ generation and future generations can afford to enjoy their retirement,” he says. “Nelson should be a place we are all proud of; a great place to live, work and play.  

“The current team at Council has tried to move Nelson forward and there is much more that can be, and should be done,” he says. “As a Councillor I have strived to achieve what I pledged when I was elected, and I believe as mayor I would be even more effective by utilising my skills in leading teams of people, facilitating debate and helping make decisions that work towards a set strategy.

“I want to give my passion for Nelson to the people of Nelson,” he says. “I believe my drive, enthusiasm and leadership skills will help the city achieve its goals, and that is why I am announcing my intention to run for mayor. The future is very bright for Nelson and its residents if we make the right decisions now.”

Miccio says that as mayor he would initially ensure the Local Government Commission’s council amalgamation study progresses successfully, that the city fully leverages the Rugby World Cup opportunity and that his cost saving Go Nelson initiative is implemented.  Further platforms are currently being fine-tuned for announcement over the coming months.

About Aldo Miccio

Aldo is married to Kimberley and has three young children.  He was born in Nelson as a second generation Nelsonian, educated at St Joseph’s primary school and Nelson College; and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (marketing and management).  An extensive career in management has seen appointments in New Zealand and Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney.  He returned to Nelson in 2002 and became a Nelson City Councillor in 2008 with the goal of making a positive change for current and future generations of Nelson residents and visitors, believing that “we can make Nelson a fun, exciting, dynamic place to live, where our children can have the career, family and lifestyle options they desire.”

Miccio is Chairman of the Council’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Committee and Property Committee Chairman and is a member of the Council’s Regional Transport Committee and Saxton Field Working Party.

He is an executive and non-executive director of a number companies, as well as being a trustee for various not-for-profit organisations including: Nelson Marlborough Summit rescue helicopter, Nelson Bays Community Foundation, Nelson Tasman Business Trust, Tasman Regional Sports Trust, and Nelson Bays Football.

He has local government experience as a current City Councillor, a strong commercial and accounting background, sound strategic planning skills, and a positive entrepreneurial attitude.  

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