Invercargill Nats hopeful hits ground running

19:37, Mar 23 2014
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New National party candidate, for Invercargill, Sarah Dowie, front right, with her supporters at the National Party campaign launch.

With the campaign under way, Invercargill candidates are already preparing to skirmish for public votes, with the National Party first to launch its campaign in the city.

The party's relatively unknown candidate, Sarah Dowie, said she plans to "finish how she starts" at yesterday's official campaign launch.

"Eric Roy has a 6000-vote majority, I hope to hold on to that as a new candidate," Ms Dowie said.

National Party regional chairwoman Ele Ludemann commended those who had rallied around Ms Dowie, but said the the campaign was made easier by the opposition.

"Labour has already helped by selecting someone they didn't really want," she said.

Ms Dowie spent the morning rallying votes in Grasmere, her purple pants a reflection - conscious or otherwise - of the area's swing voting.

Whispers among supporters at the launch vowed to "get her on a bus" and "get her known" among the community in the coming months.

Campaign launches for Invercargill Labour Party candidate Lesley Soper and Green Party candidate David Kennedy have yet to be announced.

Voters will go to the polls on September 20.

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