The Herald reports of the selection of Simon Bridges as National candidate for Tauranga last night:
National’s new Tauranga candidate wants to avoid getting personal in his election campaign.
Simon Bridges, who won selection last night, told the Weekend Herald he did not want a battle with his likely foe, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
“I want to earn votes from Tauranga by presenting a positive, ambitious case, not getting into a slanging match,” Mr Bridges said. …
“I think people want more dignity from their politicians, and I’m not going to be playing in the gutter.”
Mr Bridges said Tauranga residents had voted for change three years ago when they elected Mr Clarkson after 21 years of Mr Peters as their MP.
“People are tired of the politics of the past. Tauranga is now a modern and vibrant city and it wants an MP to match.”
Indeed. It is about the future vs the past.
Rising living costs were a major issue for young families and seniors in his electorate, and Tauranga residents had told him they wanted firm action on law and order.
Mr Bridges said he had a strong understanding of the latter after working as a Crown prosecutor in the city for the past few years.
He holds a law and arts degree from the University of Auckland, and a Masters in Law from Oxford University.
He plans to resign from his job and work full time on his campaign.
Winston Peters is on Agenda tomorrow and he may confirm his candidacy then.
Audrey Young blogs on Tauranga also:
Tags: Election 2008, Simon Bridges, Tauranga, Winston First
In Simon Bridges, Peters faces a young, new face, someone who more represents the sort of change National is projecting nationally through leader John Key.
That will be a tougher contest for Peters. The mood for change has stubbornly persisted in the polls for almost two years in nationwide polls and there are perhaps as few as four months to go to the election.