ACT released its party list today. I was pretty impressed, though surprised by a couple of ommissions.
Here’s my view of the top 12.
Sir Roger Douglas
All logical, all well deserved, all effective campaigners, hard workers and good communicators. That is a great top four. I wasn’t sure if John would stand, but I’m mighty glad he has.
To Be Announced
I have a few suspicions here, all of them good potential vote pullers.
Hillary is a very good choice. A Dunedin lawyer, Hillary has been around since the early days and has stood for ACT several times before. She’s smart, down to earth and very, very principled.
Peter Tashkoff, I have never met.
Great to see Johnny Ormond back in the battle. A Hawke’s Bay farmer, Johnny was the ACT VP before me and is excellent to work with. Johnny’s in it for the principles and is a real “democrat” in the true sense of the word. Chuffed to see him up there.
Colin du Plessis
Colin and Shawn, I don’t know at all. Both part of a comparitively recent influx to ACT. Colin from National and Shawn, I believe, from the Greens.
Ron I know a little and have every confidence in. He’s been active in Tauranga local body politics and has been a big asset on the ACT board.
Aaron is bloody great. he is new to ACT, but has been very active in Christchurch local body politics. I’ve worked with Aaron for the last few months and have been greatly impressed. He’s an entertainer by trade and is a great speaker. He’s a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and is soooo passionate about his beliefs. I think he will prove himself in this campaign and easily pull a top eight spot next time.
I was very surprised that Lindsay Mitchell wasn’t in the top 10 and disappointed that Muriel Newman is nowhere to be seen.
Overall though, I think this list will serve ACT and the country very well.