Elec­tion 2017: Whow­ill get your vote?

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

The buzz ahead of the bat­tle for the Bee­hive is get­ting louder as can­di­dates face the last week of the cam­paign.

Ad­vanced vot­ing in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tions opened on Septem­ber 11.

But can­di­dates have un­til Septem­ber 23 to make an im­pact on vot­ers be­fore they head to the polls.

Health and ed­u­ca­tion have been top of the most con­tested poli­cies among the main con­tenders hop­ing to take the Na­tional strong­hold of Kaik­oura.

In­cum­bent Na­tional MP Stu­art Smith faces op­po­si­tion from eight other can­di­dates in­clud­ing re­cently an­nounced New Zealand First can­di­date Jamie Ar­buckle, Green Party can­di­date Dr Richard McCub­bin and Labour hope­ful Jeanette Walker. They are joined by Smart Al­liances en­gi­neer Richard Evans who is stand­ing for the third time as the Act can­di­date

Semi-re­tired Waipara farmer John McCaskey is re­turn­ing as the can­di­date for the Demo­cratic Party for So­cial Credit party which aims to re­form mone­tary pol­icy.

The vet­eran can­di­date, who has run for of­fice 14 times be­fore, said this time around he had no­ticed peo­ple be­com­ing more po­lit­i­cally en­gaged.

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