Pre-Selection was held today and there are 5 names through.
Aaron Bhatnagar, Richard Simpson, Ewen MacQueen, Denise Krum and Paul Goldsmith.National still has antiquated rules regarding campaigning online and so personal websites are offline. They really need to get with the real word.
Richard Simpson must have got board approval since he has only been a member for a few short weeks. Could be interesting watching to see if he manages to distract Aaron Bhatnagar. His opposition to C&R in his past and his short time as a member will probably count against him. Many of the delegates are current C&R members and well remember his campaigns against them and his support of Dick Hubbard in council.
Paul Goldsmith isn’t doing himself any favours with delegates by running around whining and carping about other candidates cottage meetings, demanding reciprocal meetings and complaining incessantly to the Regional Chair about silly stuff.
Ewan Macqueen will be the first to drop out I’d say, with his Christian Heritage background he is pretty much electoral poison.
I’d say this is a two way race at the moment between Denise and Aaron, with Aaron being the firm favourite.
If Aaron stays focused and doesn’t do anything silly then I’d say he will win this selection. I will maintain a close eye to see that the Bugger’s Muddle doesn’t get involved in any skullduggery like they did in Rodney and in Coromandel.