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Genter to stand for Greens in by-election

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017

Julie Anne Genter © Shane Wenzlick/Getty Images Julie Anne Genter Green MP Julie Anne Genter will stand for her party in the Mount Albert by-election.

The Greens' spokesperson on health, transport and Auckland issues, Genter was confirmed as candidate at a selection meeting on Thursday night.

The February 25 by-election was called after former Labour leader David Shearer' left Parliament to head the United Nations mission in South Sudan.

The favourite to fill the vacancy is Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, who is set to be confirmed as her party's candidate on January 22.

Ms Ardern was the sole contender when the party's nominations closed on Thursday.

National are not putting up a candidate, with Prime Minister Bill English saying the seat is a safe one for Labour and his party wants to focus on the general election.

Greens co-leader James Shaw says Genter has provided the strong voice the party has been looking for, particularly on public transport and housing, two of the biggest Issues that Aucklanders face.

"I also look forward to seeing two dynamic and talented women standing in Mount Albert," he said.

"This is democracy at its best and how politics should work."

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