David Carter has confirmed he will not seek the nomination for the safe National seat of Selwyn. Anger over the the selection process used last year has not dissipated so he has made the call so that the Electorate can unite behind a new candidate.
I trust what happened in Selwyn will act as a learning exercise for National, on how not to handle a selection. Contested selections are healthy – even when an incumbent MP is involved.
It is a highly desirable seat and I expect at least five candidates will seek it. Pre-selection will whittle that down to five and the selection is on April 8. Kudos to David Carter for putting the party first. He will of course have a winnable list place. Hell – on current polls almost every candidate has a winnable list place