Palmerston North’s new National candidate Adrienne Pierce has a harsh lesson ahead of her

Palmerston North’s new National candidate says elections are won by face-to-face campaigning – although she does not yet live in the city.

Adrienne Pierce was confirmed as the party’s candidate in April, despite living in Havelock North, taking over from former city mayor Jono Naylor.

Naylor is bowing out of national politics after a single term as a list MP.

There’s one thing to be positive and talking things up a bit.  But politics is littered with people who think that seats are won during the campaign.  

Pierce said she was “champing at the bit” to start meeting people and campaigning.

“Face to face is how elections are won,” she said.

Pierce said she was “100 per cent committed” to the people of Palmerston North. “Palmerston North is a growing economic powerhouse and I am really excited to be representing the National Party as its candidate.”

If you want to take over a seat you can’t start a few months before the election.  You start straight after the election for the next one.

Prime Minister Bill English was not concerned that Pierce was an out-of-towner. Asked if she would have enough time to earn the trust of the voters, English responded: “That is why we have elections, to find out.

“We are very confident in our candidate.”

She won’t be much more than a glorified pamphlet delivery girl battling for the party vote.


– Stuff

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