The race for seats on the Hamilton City Council this year could get pretty raunchy – stripper Lisa Lewis is considering standing in October's local body elections.
Ms Lewis confirmed to the Waikato Times yesterday she was considering standing and wanted to gauge reaction before deciding. "I am 28. I believe we need to look at the percentage of young people that live in the 'Tron. Why don't they vote? Because there is no interest in them to do so. If I decided to stand I would ensure there would be a motivation and reason for them to vote."
Ms Lewis – who writes a blog for the paper's website (waikatotimes.co.nz) – would not answer questions about her current occupation and whether she would continue with it if elected to council. She has continued to strip since finishing as a topless news reader, and is advertising with other sex workers in the adult section of the paper.
"(There is) no need to answer those questions until when and if I decide to run," said Ms Lewis, whose writing has attracted vitriol on the website. Over the next couple of weeks, she would blog on her reasons for wanting to stand and would "welcome the public's thoughts in relation to these matters".
"There are a few changes I wish to see happen. And I am someone that when I'm discontent with the state of affairs, I will do everything in my power to see a change."
Good on her. But we have a suggestion for Lisa. Instead of standing for the Hamilton City Council, how about she shifts herself down to W(h)anganui, and stands for the mayoralty against Mayor Mike. Now that would be a contest and a half!! Two avowed self-publicists, both of whom are adept in their use of social media.
And it's not as though moving towns to seek a mayoral chain is unprecedented. Lisa needs only to look at Tim "I don't care where; as long as I'm mayor" Shadbolt for inspiration on that count.
Lewis versus Laws - kinda has a ring to it, don't you think?