Contenders confirmed as deadline to replace National MP Todd Barclay passes
At least three people are confirmed contenders to replace Todd Barclay as the National party candidate in Clutha-Southland.
Nominations for the position closed on Tuesday.
Federated Farmers Southland president Allan Baird, former Dunedin South National candidate Hamish Walker and Gore district councillor Nicky Davis all confirmed they submitted the paperwork before the noon deadline.
Barclay is resigning at the election in September following allegations he made covert recordings of staff member Glenys Dickson at the Gore electorate office.
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Dunedin-based Walker, who previously ran a property management company in Auckland, was the first to declare his intentions. He submitted his application last week.
Baird and Davis had publicly voiced their interest in running. Both confirmed on Tuesday morning they had formally joined the race.
"I'm excited about the potential and looking forward to having a go," Davis said. If she secured the nomination and won the seat, Davis said she would step down as a Gore District councillor.
Former investment banker Simon Flood, who challenged Barclay for the candidacy last year and was understood to be considering another tilt, said on Monday that he would not run again. Queenstown marketing consultant Mark Wilson, the party's Wakatipu branch chairman, was also rumoured to be in the mix, but confirmed he too was not standing.
A maximum of five nominees can run for the candidacy. Once they are chosen, "meet the candidate" meetings will be held in Queenstown, Balclutha and Lumsden ahead of a final meeting in Winton on August 16 where party delegates select a candidate.
The general election is on September 23.