ACT select personal trainer to contest New Plymouth electorate at general election
Personal trainer Anneka Carlson has been chosen as ACT candidate for New Plymouth electorate for the September general election.
Carlson, a former policewoman, is placed seventh on the party list, led by ACT leader David Seymour.
Carlson graduated from AUT with diploma in health and fitness, and owned Vigor Fitness studio in New Plymouth.
She is currently studying business law degree at Massey University, the party's newsletter reported.
Carlson worked for two years as a police officer in West Auckland, and had served on the North Taranaki SPCA board.
She has run a support group in New Plymouth for men suffering with cancer.
Carlson had followed ACT policies since the last election.
She was surprised with her list ranking because she is a first time candidate, she said.
"I guess my ranking sums up what the ACT party is about," she said.
"They see me as someone who has had an interesting background as a police officer and run her own business.
"I'm annoyed with what the current government is doing.
"But I'm passionate about ACT's policies and want to get to parliament to add value and do what I need to do."
The ACT Party candidate list showcased talent, youth, and diversity, said party president Ruwan Premathilaka.
"They are committed to ACT's values of freedom and personal responsibility," he said.
ACT candidates would campaign across the country for the party vote.
Colin Anderson has been chosen to contest Whanganui electorate, and is 18th on the list
No candidate from the party has been selected to contest the Taranaki/King Country electorate.
- Taranaki Daily News