National MP Mark Mitchell is not ruling out the possibility of running for the Auckland mayoralty next year, but says he is focused right now on bringing stability to the party caucus, NZ Herald reports. Mitchell, 53, has joined a growing list of National Party figures, including former Cabinet ministers Paula Bennett and Nikki Kaye, being talked about as contenders to end Labour’s stranglehold on the Super City Mayoralty. Currently the MP for Whangaparaoa, Mitchell was born on Auckland’s North Shore, is a former policeman, worked as a security contractor in Iraq and was a former Minister of Defence.

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