Union sec­re­tary to take up can­di­dacy

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

New Labour can­di­date for Maun­gakiekie Carol Beau­mont knows she has big shoes to fill.

“Mark Gosche has been an ex­tremely strong ad­vo­cate, not only for peo­ple in the elec­torate, but for work­ing peo­ple and Pa­cific peo­ple gen­er­ally,” she says.

“He is a man of real in­tegrity, per­son­ally and po­lit­i­cally.”

Ms Beau­mont was se­lected for the seat af­ter four-term MP Mr Gosche an­nounced his with­drawal ear­lier this year.

The trade union sec­re­tary has worked with Mr Gosche as part of the Labour team in the elec­torate for the past nine years.

And she says he’ll be along­side her on the cam­paign trail.

“Hav­ing his sup­port is re­ally help­ful,” she says.

The Royal Oak res­i­dent has worked in trade unions, com­mu­nity health and adult ed­u­ca­tion.

She will take leave from her job as Coun­cil of Trade Unions sec­re­tary later this year to fo­cus on cam­paign­ing.

But she says door-knock­ing and com­mu­nity meet­ings are al­ready un­der way.

Ms Beau­mont says she’s keen to talk to peo­ple about what the Labour-led gov­ern­ment has achieved, and what’s still to come.

“We’re pretty con­fi­dent around what we’ve de­liv­ered and what we’re go­ing to de­liver. For an elec­torate like Maun­gakiekie they’re re­ally im­por­tant poli­cies.”

She’s also keen to im­prove Maun­gakiekie’s be­low-av­er­age turnout rate for the elec­tion.

Mr Gosche won the seat by a 6000-vote mar­gin in 2005 from Na­tional’s Paul Gold­smith, now an Auck­land city coun­cil­lor.

Since then elec­torate bound­aries have changed, gain­ing parts of Pan­mure and Mt Roskill and los­ing sec­tions of Eller­slie, where Na­tional polled strongly.

This year first-term Auck­land city coun­cil­lor Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga will con­test the seat for Na­tional.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says he will step down from po­si­tions of re­spon­si­bil­ity at coun­cil be­fore the elec­tion.

Carol Beau­mont

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