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Auckland, July 19, 2019
Business woman and community advocate Sarah Trotman will stand for Auckland Council at this year’s local elections in the Waitematā and Gulf ward.
She will be running as Communities & Residents (C&R) Councillor candidate.
Elections to local governments including various boards and wards will be held from September 20, 2019 to October 12, 2019.
C&R President Kit Parkinson said that Ms Trotman has an accomplished record of delivering for local businesses and community.
“This, along with her deep commitment to Auckland, makes her a strong candidate to win the Waitematā and Gulf Council seat,” he said.
Advocate for entrepreneurs
For over 20 years, Ms Trotman has been a strong advocate for Auckland’s business owners.
She has led business mentoring programmes, business expos and various economic development initiatives.
Her most notable contribution to Auckland has been her work with Lifewise Trust, developing solutions to end homelessness across the city.
Recognised for her ability to lead in complex and challenging environments, Ms Trotman is keen to undertake increased responsibility for Auckland.
“I love Auckland,” she said.
“Residents are calling for capable, results-oriented leadership. The Council is struggling with a range of complex issues from housing density to the quality of our waterways and green spaces. We have the worst traffic congestion in Australasia, and we deserve better.”
Call for new leadership
Ms Trotman called for new leadership to meet Auckland’s ambition of being a world-class, globally-connected city, and to ensure that the Council rebuilds the trust of its residents.
“Councillors need strategic clarity, commercial acumen and deep understanding of local communities. I have these attributes and the strength of character to hold Council and CCOs to account on what and how they deliver,” she said.
Ms Trotman will work with the C&R Waitematā Local Board team, the composition of which will be announced early next week.
C&R is a political group in the Auckland local government.
As a centre-right organisation, its values include local community-focused decision-making, responsible budget management and growth at an affordable pace.
The group has pledged to introduce new ways of funding infrastructure to keep Auckland moving by placing much greater scrutiny on Auckland Transport.