National selects Mark Mitchell for Rodney

Last updated 21:52 26/04/2011

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Mark Mitchell has been selected as the National Party candidate for the Rodney electorate.

Mitchell beat out four other candidates at a selection meeting at Orewa this evening and won the nomination on the first ballot.

The selection of a candidate for the seat has been surrounded in controversy due to allegations of stacking branches with members who were not eligible to vote in the contest.

The seat is held by Lockwood Smith who signaled last year he would seek a place on the National Party list only at the election.

Mitchell's partner is Peggy Bourne, who was also at the selection, the widow of rally legend Possum Bourne.

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