National confirms Jono Naylor
National confirms Jono Naylor as Palmerston North candidate
The National Party has confirmed Mayor Jono Naylor as its candidate for Palmerston North for the 2014 General Election.
Mr Naylor was selected by a meeting of local party members today.
“The party is delighted to have a candidate of Jono’s calibre contesting the seat for National,” said Electorate Chair Rob Woodhouse.
“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.”