Brown selected for Pakuranga

The Herald reports:

National has selected a 25-year-old commercial banker as its candidate in Pakuranga after long-serving MP Maurice Williamson quit politics.

And if Simeon Brown looks familiar to some voters it could be because of a past job – busking in the Botany Shopping Centre.

“I used to go busking at there with my clarinet. It was the best paid job I ever had, I remember once getting $100 an hour. I was only 14 at the time,” he told the Herald.

Brown is a commercial banking senior associate at Bank of New Zealand and is a member of the Manurewa Local Board.

His selection in the safe National seat means he is highly likely to become one of the youngest MPs in Parliament after September’s election.

Pakuranga has been held by Williamson since 1987, and he recorded a 12,867 vote majority at the last election.

Little doubt Brown will become an MP, and be the youngest National MP I’d say. He might be the youngest MP in the House, but that will depend on the Greens list ranking.

While he is young, it is good to see he has some experience in the private sector.

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