Palmerston North candidates to answer questions from city residents
EDITORIAL: There may have been a rise in the number of early voters this year, but many Palmerston North people will still wait until September 23 to make a decision about who they want to represent them in Parliament.
Just a few weeks ago, most pundits thought the election would be another National rout, but the emergence of Jacinda Ardern as Labour leader and the Metiria Turei scandal have turned the race into something much more compelling.
There is a possibility something else may happen that could swing your vote, so those who wait until election day will want to absorb as much political coverage as possible over the next 10 days.
The Manawatū Standard has attended numerous political events, MP visits, policy announcements and debates during the campaign period, while also publishing issue-based articles, politician profiles and electorate breakdowns.
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But we also want to put your questions to Palmerston North candidates during a Standard political debate to be held on Wednesday September 20.
Palmerston North has a reputation as a red electorate, which is not surprising when you consider the last time Labour lost the seat was in the 1970s.
Labour's Iain Lees-Galloway has held the seat since 2008 and will likely be confident about having a fourth term as the city's MP.
But he is up against some solid opposition this year in National's Adrienne Pierce, NZ First's Darroch Ball and the Green Party's Thomas Nash.
All four candidates plan to attend our debate, which we will cover live on our Facebook page.
Unfortunately, we are unable to invite the public due to space restrictions, but the video will be included in an online Stuff article and analysis will also be published in the Thursday edition of the Standard.
We hope this debate will provide you all with an insightful, last-minute look at the person who will be tasked with representing the city in parliament for the next three years.
So please feel free to send the questions you think need to be answered via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, text message to 021 064 0009, or by post to Manawatū Standard, PO Box 3, Palmerston North. You can also send questions to our Facebook and Neighbourly social media profiles.
* Money Free Party candidate Scott Andrew will also be participating in the debate.