The coming selection in Northland

The predictable demise of Northland MP Mike Sabin means a very blue seat is up for selection.

The majority is 9300, and Labour’s candidate, Willow-Jean Prime, has just had a baby, so is not expected to run again.

When Sabin won in 2011 there was considerable interest in the selection, with a good number of candidates putting their names forward. Some of these are expected to be contenders again.

Grant McCullum: Long time National Board member and perceived front runner in the last selection. Withdrew due to issues with a tricky missus. Inside word is she has just got more tricky over the years so McCullum will struggle to get approval to run.  

Victor Cauty: Not really considered an ideal candidate due to being slightly odd and hasn’t yet trained himself not to speak in military jargon.

Mark Tan: Principal of a Fundy school. Handy for National to have a teacher in caucus to go out to bash the teachers union but his fundy background may count against him.

Sarah Davies: Pursuing a successful career outside of politics and gained good promotions so not considered a contender this time.

Others mentioned as potential candidates are Simon Bridges’ brother Mark, although word is that Simon is trying to keep him out of parliament.

New regional chair Andrew Hunt is not a member of the buggers muddle and will play this very, very straight.

So we can expect to see a fair selection and anyone who buggers around with it getting hammered very, very hard indeed.


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