Copeland wants to be councillor and MP

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Nelson City councillor Ruth Copeland is hoping to be elected twice in as many years.

The two-term councillor is running to regain her seat on council, as well as putting her name forward to be the Labour Party’s Nelson representative for next year’s general election.

Copeland will front a selection day for Labour Party members exactly a week before the local body elections close on October 8.

If she is selected over Rachel Boyack and Frank Hippolite as the Labour Party nominee she will contest the general election against incumbent Nick Smith in 2017.

If she was to win the Nelson seat it would mean she would resign as a councillor, forcing a by-election.

When approached for comment, Copeland says being a councillor gives her a stronger position from which to campaign.

“If I am fortunate enough to be selected as Labour’s candidate as well as be re-elected to the council, I will continue to serve as a councillor until the outcome of the 2017 general election is known.”