The full candidate list for Selwyn is out:
|ADAMS, Amy||National Party|
|COATES, David||Labour Party|
|DENNIS, Samuel||Family Party|
|MAIN, Philippa||Jim Anderton’s Progressive|
|NORMAN, Victoria||United Future|
|WATSON, Ivor||ACT New Zealand|
|WILLIAMSON, Eleanor||Kiwi Party|
The most notable names on that list are
- Amy Adams, the National candidate in an electorate National has held for decades.
- Bill Woods, former Selwyn District Council mayor and very well known in the area.
- Samuel Dennis, a local man who has lived in the electorate virtually all his life, whose family have been here since 1868, who has a lot to offer the electorate, and who is writing this post!
I do not recognise any other names from before the campaign, although I have met Ivor Watson, David Coates and Eleanor Williamson now.
Everyone expects this to be won by Amy Adams, National could stand a dead hedgehog in this seat and they’d have a chance, so despite all her good qualities (which I expect are considerable), her greatest one is the fact that she is wearing a National rosette. Bill Woods however is a very strong opponent. He is a long-time NZ First man however, which could work against him in the current political climate, but as he is standing as an independent few people will realise this. So it will be an interesting campaign, being up against these two strong candidates.
I don’t know much about the others. As far as I can gather (from the Malvern News, websites, the White Pages etc):
- Ivor Watson moved to Christchurch in 2005, and has just recently come into the electorate with the latest boundary change.
- Eleanor Williamson appears to live in Westmorland, so is also a Christchurch resident that happens to be just within the new boundary. It does not sound like she has lived here for long based on the Kiwi Party website.
- David Coates has lived in Darfield for 6 years.
- Philippa Main lives in Rolleston, I have no idea how long they have been here.
- Victoria Norman has only been in NZ for 7 years, some of which has been in Wellington, so she can’t have been in Canterbury long. I have no idea where she lives.
So Watson, Williamson, Coates and Norman appear to be newcomers to the area who are unlikely to be known widely. The most well-known candidate will be Bill Woods, probably followed by Amy Adams (due primarily to National’s popularity) and myself.
If you know anything about the candidates I may find useful, please comment.