Len Brown Wins – Vote Details
With victory clear, John Banks brought forward a planned news conference to 1.30pm to make a brief statement to the waiting media to congratulate Mr Brown.
Preliminary results of 95% counted show:
The 56 year old lawyer first entered politics when he was elected to the Manukau City council in 1992, serving as a councillor until 2004. He also served as chairperson of the Counties Manukau Health Council and was founder and co-coordinator of the Howick Free Legal Service and co-founder of the Greenmount East Tamaki Business Association.
Len ran for the Manukau City mayoralty in 2004, losing by a narrow 600 votes to long serving mayor Sir Barry Curtis. He returned to his legal profession before running for a second time for the Manukau mayoralty in 2007, winning the contest by more than 14,000 votes.
Len is married to fellow lawyer Shan Inglis. They have three children: Samantha, Olivia, and Victoria. He suffered a serious heart condition in May 2008.
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