TAUPO: FRANCES CAMPBELL, LABOUR CANDIDATE
How and why did you get into politics?
I was approached in May to put my name forward to stand as the Labour Party candidate in the Taupo electorate.
I had wanted to become a politician something like 30 years ago but my husband told me to forget it because I had to be rich.
In 2001, I decided to stand in the local body elections in the Tokoroa ward and became a South Waikato District Councillor.
I am a people person – of the people, for the people. I am passionate about my community, which I wanted to serve and did so for three terms (nine years).
How do you normally spend your time?
I normally spend my time serving on the different organisations I belong to, cooking, cleaning and tending my gardens.
Why did you choose the Labour Party?
I chose the Labour Party because my husband and I have always been Labour supporters and believe that Labour stands for workers’ rights and has a social conscience.
Why are you standing in the Taupo electorate?
I am standing for the Taupo electorate because I live in Tokoroa and have done so for more than 45 years.
What do you believe the big issues are nationally and how do you believe Labour’s policies can address these?
The big issues are our enormous rising debt, the ever-increasing cost of living and the struggle that the majority of our families are trying to cope with.
Labour’s policies can address this with the proposal of everyone paying their fair share of tax, introducing a capital gains tax, compulsory super, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and removing the GST on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Is there anything else you think is important?
It is very important for everyone to get on the electoral roll, especially those who have just turned 18, and vote on November 26. Remember to vote for the party that will do the most good.