Coromandel selection Candidates

I have been remiss and not published the Coromandel candidate details. So here goes.

Remember this blog does not take sides in selec­tion races, except when skulduggery is taking place. The del­e­gates can be trusted to make the right choice, and should be left alone to make the right choice.

What will appear, though, is com­men­tary on the can­di­dates and the race, with every effort to be made to be as even handed as possible.

When select­ing can­di­dates there are sev­eral fac­tors that years of expe­ri­ence around politi­cians mean I believe are rel­e­vant. The usual hon­esty and integrity are given, so the fac­tors for del­e­gates to con­sider are:

  • a suc­cess out­side of politics
  • going to remem­ber the peo­ple that elected them, and be a good party member
  • able to win votes from swingers not just National sup­port­ers. Even the bluest seat mat­ters with the party vote count­ing for every­thing under MMP, and some­one that can not win swing vot­ers should not be selected
  • do they have a con­nec­tion to the elec­torate or just burn­ing ambition

The poten­tial can­di­dates are Megan Campbell, Brian Sharp, Scott Simp­son and Heather Tanner. As a dis­claimer I have known Scott for as long as I can remem­ber and count him as a friend. All candidates have the massive pro they are not Sandra Goudie so Coromandel will not have a mad MP since Stinky Fitzsimons won it.

Megan Campbell

Pros

  • Long time National worker in parliament as well as in electorates
  • Current Electorate chair in CNI region
  • Well connected in the party both inside and outside parliament
  • Former Treasury analyst
  • Community minded
  • Empathetic, compassionate and extremely likable across  right/left divide

Cons

  • Former Treasury analyst
  • Can be seen as a policy wonk

Brian Sharp

Pros

  • Local, lives in Thames
  • Wife is a good asset, truth be told she should be the one standing
  • Architect

Cons

  • Self confessed poor speaker
  • Older candidate
  • Not going to set the world on fire
  • Unlikely to ever make cabinet let alone a select committee chair

Scott Simp­son

As men­tioned I have known Scott for a long time. He has been a loyal party mem­ber for many, many years, serv­ing on the board and as regional chair. He was unsuc­cess­ful in the selec­tion process for Tamaki in 2005, though he would have made a far bet­ter MP than Allan Peachey. He also had his name in the hat for Rodney electorate but inextricably withdrew from that contest despite being the front-runner.

Pros

  • Been involved with National for a long time
  • Doesn’t get on with the party president
  • Well con­nected within the party

Cons

  • No real con­nec­tion to the electorate except his beach house at Kuaotunu
  • Senior party hack
  • Will strug­gle to win swing voters
  • Not the most suc­cess­ful career out­side of National party politics
  • Should have chal­lenged Peachey in Tamaki not run­ning out­side his home area

Heather Tanner

Pros

  • Woman
  • Maori
  • School teacher

Cons

  • Woman
  • Maori
  • School teacher
  • Appears aloof or cold
  • Had the opportunity to build strong community ties and relationships in local Party but hasn’t done the work. Only been member for two years.

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