Coromandel selection update

Last night was the first Meet the Candidates meeting in Coromandel. It was held in Te Aroha.

There are 4 candidates (alphabetical order):

Megan Campbell
Brian Sharp
Scott Simpson
Heather Tanner

After the speeches it became very apparent that this is actually a two horse race. Brian Sharp stood up to deliver his speech and started off by saying he wasn’t sure what he was supposed to speak about at selection meetings and then waffled on about not much in particular. Not a good start. Heather Tanner claimed the Maori, school teacher, female demographic as if this were a Labour party selection meeting where quota matter. Her candidate materials aren’t that flash either.

Scott Simpson and Megan Campbell both spoke well with my sources telling me that Megan Campbell won the speech section easily with a “vison” style speech. Scott Simpson played up his remote local connection mentioning some long dead relative from the 1800s. I wonder if he was planning on using that speech in Roney? Perhaps not. I still haven’t worked out the underlying strategy of my long-time friend Scott Simpson, delegates tend not to like candidates shopping around electorates for a seat in parliament.

My sources also tell me that Scott Simpson was the winner of the Q&A section but it was close.

With two more meetings this week and then a strange 9 day break before the selection on the 19th the race is clearly between Megan Campbell and Scott Simpson.

Of course as is usual this blog favours no candidate and relies on the local delegates to pick the best person to represent Coromandel for the future. As is usual, I suspect that delegates will be looking for longevity but not tenure, star quality but not prima donna activities and the good possibility that their MP will one day sit in cabinet.

I will update again after the next MtC meeting.


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  • kingfish

    I attended as wife is a delegate. Scott Simpson won it clearly on the night. Came across as more relaxed, more professional, more able to advance the electorate and more likeable. Told us that he withdrew from Rodney which was the only reservation for my wife and I. I like the fact he has a strong local connection and seems about the right age for us. Not a dinkum local but not a carpetbagger either. I’d say he would be the clear frontrunner and our next MP after chatting with the others. The two young ladies were fine but earnest. I dont think they have thought through the young family thing in an electorate this geographically demanding or conservative. There is a sense that it is time for a bloke after years of Jeanette and Sandra.

    • Thank you for your comment. I have a couple of questions though. Scott is 52, he is unlikely to make cabinet before National leaves office this cycle…so in say 6 years. We are likely to be in opposition for another 6 years, so that will make him 64 by the next time we are back in office. There are plenty in the 2005 and 2008 intake with a better claim to ministerial posts and at 64 is close to retirement anyway. Given all that how is that likely to advance Coromandel by having a short term back bench MP?

      Not like a true National party member though to go for the quota thing either…time for a bloke? I mean WTF? Isn’t it time for the best candidate possible?

    • Oh and as another aside if you really were a delegate’s wife (funny there were none in attendance last night) then you would have known that Heather’s children are older teenagers so not really the young family thing you claim.

  • kingfish

    Husband – the wife was the delegate. Yes Heather has a girl of about 15 or 16 and the youngest child is about 12 I guess. No it is more to do with the other candidate than Heather. I think the children are a little young to have there mother down in Parliament. That was our concern. Still think Simpson was the best on the night and had more of what we were looking for.