ACT announces top 20 list

Last updated 14:47 13/07/2014

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The ACT Party has announced the list of its top 20 candidates, which includes party leader Jamie Whyte in the top spot, but excludes Epsom candidate David Seymour. 

Whyte and the party's deputy leader Kenneth Wang hold the number one and two spots respectively. 

Seymour, who holds the party's strongest chance of becoming an MP, does not feature.

ACT President John Thompson said Seymour was focused "solely on Epsom". 

"This means, rather than needing to clear the five percent threshold, every single party vote for ACT will count. And in an election that could be decided by just a couple of MPs, ACT could be the difference between a National or Labour-led Government," Thompson said.  

Prime Minister John Key has yet to confirm, but it's likely National will look to repeat a deal done with ACT in the 2011 election, to hand the party the Epsom electorate at this years election in September. 

Other placings on the list include Northland business owner and orchardist Robin Grieve at number three, followed by Rodney Local Board Member Beth Houlbrooke, former Federated Farmers President Don Nicolson, and retail manager and former Auckland mayoral candidate Stephen Berry.

"This list represents all the best elements of the ACT Party," said Thompson. 

"It blends young talent and experienced leaders, all outstanding in their fields of expertise and all sharing ACT's vision of a free and prosperous New Zealand.

Whyte said the team would be campaigning across New Zealand on key messages of "low flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and 'one country, one law'".

The Top 20:

1.                Dr Jamie Whyte
2.                Kenneth Wang
3.                Robin Grieve
4.                Beth Houlbrooke
5.                Don Nicolson
6.                Stephen Berry
7.                Dasha Kovalenko
8.                Gareth Veale
9.                Ian Cummings
10.              Sara Muti
11.              Toni Severin
12.              Max Whitehead
13.              Phelan Pirrie
14.              Stephen Fletcher
15.              David Olsen
16.              Nick Kearney
17.              Sean Fitzpatrick
18.              Richard Evans
19.              Michael Milne
20.              Dr Ron Smith

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