Ross re-selected to contest Botany again
National has re-selected incumbent MP Jami-Lee Ross as the party's 2017 general election candidate for the Botany electorate.
The confirmation of Ross' candidacy will see him contest his seventh election in the wider Botany-Howick area.
A former Manukau City and Auckland councillor for Howick between 2004 and 2011, Ross was first elected to Parliament in the 2011 Botany by-election and subsequently returned in the 2011 and 2014 national polls.
"I appreciate having the National Party's endorsement for the coming election," Ross says.
"We have a lot of growth and infrastructure opportunities in Botany and in neighbouring areas that I have helped to champion. I would love to continue being involved in those projects.
"I've also appreciated living in and serving the multicultural community that is Botany. We're the face of modern Auckland and New Zealand.
"Botany is my home and my community. It would be an honour to serve Botany as the local MP for another three years."
In Parliament, Ross serves as the junior government whip, and is a member of the finance and expenditure committee, and the foreign affairs, defence and trade committee.
"Our economy is growing, unemployment is coming down and we have low inflation. New Zealand is in a better place than it's been for most of the past decade," he says.
"I'm proud to be a part of a team that is seeing education levels rise, more people being treated in hospitals, and trading opportunities being opened up around the world."
Ross is married to Lucy Schwaner, a recently re-elected Botany subdivision member of the Howick Local Board. They live in Dannemora with their two preschool-aged children.