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Po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates are up­ping their ef­forts as we move closer to the gen­eral elec­tion on Septem­ber 23. The Waikato elec­torate will be an in­ter­est­ing con­test with in­cum­bent Lind­say Tisch de­cid­ing not to stand again and move on to other things in his life. Na­tional has put for­ward Tim van de Molen to re­tain the seat for the party while Labour has asked lawyer Brooke Loader to con­test the elec­torate. Tim of­fi­cially launched his cam­paign re­cently. The Green Party has put for­ward for­mer ed­i­tor Philippa Steven­son who re­cently held a public meet­ing to hear au­thor Gordon McLaunch­lan talk about why he’s back­ing the party. New Zealand First is also con­test­ing the elec­torate and has put for­ward Stu­art Hus­band, a Waikato re­gional coun­cil­lor. More can­di­dates for mi­nor par­ties are likely to come for­ward over the com­ing weeks. All can­di­dates must have submitted their nom­i­na­tion by Au­gust 29. Over­seas vot­ing be­gins on Septem­ber 6.

Lawrence Gullery

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