By PHILIP CHANDLER
Queenstown’s most experienced councillor isn’t standing for the mayoralty, but will seek a
Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson says he’s been surprised by the pressure he’s come under, from across the district, to run for mayor, including pledges from ‘‘movers and shakers’’ to help fund his campaign.
‘‘It’s been pretty humbling, really.’’
The 63-year-old’s decided, however, ‘‘I’m probably better served for the community putting my hand up and being at the coal-face once again and standing for council’’.
‘‘I think you’ve got to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and I certainly understand mine.’’
He’s also considered his family’s needs and busy job commitments as a radio broadcaster
and also as an events MC across the country.
When it came to re-standing for council, Ferguson says the fact some councillors are pulling out was a factor.
‘‘I believe there’s a lot of healing that needs to be done — it’s been a pretty tough three years, really, for everybody, and I feel I need to be part of that because of my community connection.
‘‘Local government’s changing, and things are getting harder to secure and to do, but you’ve got to continue to fight.’’
As an example of being on the coal-face, he says he’s been speaking to Beach Street retailers affect ed by the interminable street works.
‘‘I’ve copped a bit of flak, but that’s the job, and I’ve got a few more to go.
‘‘I like to be at the coal-face, in amongst the community, and that’s just one instance of how I like to operate.’’