No Labour Rangitata candidate yet

Application deadline extended by one month

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 12:09 04/03/2014
julian blanchard
NOT STANDING: Former Labour candidate for Rangitata, Julian Blanchard, has so far said no to standing for the next election.

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The Labour Party is still without a candidate for the Rangitata electorate for this year's general election.

A party spokesman said it had extended the deadline for another month after it did not receive any applications before the February 28 cut-off date.

Julian Blanchard, who stood unsuccessfully against incumbent, Jo Goodhew of the National Party in 2008 and 2011, has so far said he has no intention to stand this year.

Mrs Goodhew won by 8112 votes in 2008 and 6537 votes in 2011.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation industrial leader Glenda Alexander was already confirmed as the Labour Party candidate in the Waitaki electorate.

Mrs Alexander will be up against Jacqui Dean, who has been Waitaki MP since 2005. In 2011, Ms Dean beat Labour candidate Barry Monks by more than 14,000 votes.

Rangitata Green Party spokesperson Gerrie Ligtenberg said the Greens would not stand a candidate in Rangitata.

However, they would continue to campaign for the party vote, and it was likely Green Party MPs would visit the region during the election campaign.

In the 2011 general election, the Green Party got its best-ever result, with 11 per cent of the vote.

The Government is yet to announce a date for this year's election

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- The Timaru Herald

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