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The Party Board has today confirmed current Nelson MP Nick Smith as Nationals candidate for the 2020 General Election.

“I love my job as MP for Nelson, the opportunity it gives me to help people and to advance projects that make an even better place.”

“My objective each Parliamentary term is to help advance at least one major project for the region.  Whakatu Drive, Garin College, the Early Settlers Memorial, Saxton Stadium, upgrade of the Suter Art Gallery, and Nelson School of Music and most recently the Waimea Community Dam.

“My top priority this next term is to get a new Nelson Hospital.  The existing buildings are a seismic risk, have insufficient capacity for our growing and aging population and are not fit for purpose for patients, doctors or nurses.

“My second priority is transport.  Nelson families and businesses have been hard hit by Labour’s increases in fuel taxes while at the same time investment in Nelson roads has been cut.  We need a major investment in our transport infrastructure to keep up with growth in population, exports and visitors.

“My third priority is education.  Voters will have a clear choice on whether they want to back Labour’s radical nationalisation of NMIT or return next year to local control. 

I will also be campaigning on reducing class sizes, retaining parental choice between schools and delivering a new Berryfield School in Richmond West.”

“I take nothing for granted even though Nelson has loyally supported me for eight consecutive elections.  Nelson is neither strongly Labour nor National and I know I have to earn the privilege to be our community’s Member of Parliament every election.”

“My motivation in standing again is out of concern about the Government’s direction on social and economic policy.  I strongly disagree with their soft approach on crime, gangs and drugs and am very opposed to legalising cannabis.  Labour’s economic policies are damaging Nelson’s business confidence and job growth.  I am hugely encouraged by the policy work National is doing and am looking forward to promoting National’s positive policies for Nelson next year.”

“National is delighted to again have Nick Smith as our Nelson candidate. National is in such good shape in having experienced MP’s like Nick Smith alongside a refreshed leadership team and new exciting candidates like Christopher Luxon in Botany, Nicola Grigg in Selwyn and Tim Costley in Otaki. We are preparing for a strong positive campaign to win both the party and the electorate vote in 2020”, Mr John Wares, Nelson Electorate Chair said.

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