Cr’s brother to stand for city council by-election

David Pottinger hands his by-election papers to Invercargill City Council receptionist Donna Mason.

INVERCARGILL City Council has received its first nomination for the Invercargill City Council (ICC) by-election.

David Pottinger, brother of councillor Ian Pottinger, delivered all the required documentation to the ICC office on Tuesday.

“It is an unusual situation because it is a by-election so that way I would not be competing against my brother.

“I’ve seen him in action and I know other people in council who have really good intentions. I think I can add something there.”

Last week, former international rugby referee Paddy O’Brien confirmed he would not be standing for council. He had not taken his decision lightly but due to multiple professional commitments, felt he could not give the campaign or role the full-time attention it deserved.

Being a councillor was a demanding role requiring commitment and focus, he said.

“I would encourage other leaders in our community to step forward and take the opportunity to represent our community with integrity and commitment.”

The ICC website shows Mr Pottinger as the only nomination received for the by-election.

Wayne Harpur, who announced his intentions for ICC in October, said his candidacy was “on track” but admitted he had not completed the paperwork.

Nominations for the by-election would close on December 22.latest Running Sneakers/New Releases Nike