All are locals, and there’s no Clayton Cosgrove despite early rumour-mongering.
It looks a talented list. The 2 men have been trailed in the media previously – James Caygill, who hopefully people won’t judge on the fact that his father was finance minister from 1988-1990 (his work on Policy Progress might be a better start, or his work for the environment, Ngai Tahu, or Christchurch orchestra), and Deon Swiggs who won a volunteer award for his work since the earthquake.
But here are 4 women standing too – Poto Williams with a long background in care-work, an MBA and working on a PhD in Pacific women’s leadership; Tina Lomax, principal of Kingslea School educating CYFS kids in residential care and a Labour Community Board member; Christina Laalaai-Tausa, a Samoan Political Science PhD student and lecturer; and Registered Nurse and Midwife Karen Hayes.
I’m not local and have no special knowledge of any of them so can’t nominate a favourite. But the candidate selected will still have a hard task ahead of them – Lianne Dalziel’s majority of 5,334 contrasts with a National Party majority in the party votes of 4,152. Still having Jim Anderton as campaign manager should help…
The date of the by-election is not yet set as Lianne Dalziel is yet to resign (but will do before Local Election Day October 12).