Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean have both been re-selected by the National Party to contest the 2020 general election.
Mr Falloon said he was grateful for the support the National Party had shown him by re-selecting him as a candidate for the 2020 election.
“Since I was elected in 2017, I’ve worked hard to ensure that South Canterbury has a strong voice in Parliament, and if I’m re-elected next year I’ll continue to do that.
“The present Government are far too focused on listening to the wishes of Auckland and not enough on ensuring that districts like ours succeed.
“The water reforms they’ve proposed will put huge costs on the agricultural sector and regional communities, while letting the major centres off the hook.
“I’ll continue to fight for our fair share of infrastructure spending.”
“Phil Twyford’s decision to cut $5billion from the state highway network means that areas like South Canterbury are missing out on important roading upgrades and maintenance.
“The State Highway 1 and 79 intersection at Rangitata has seen more crashes this year than the previous four years combined, and much more substantial changes are needed. Road funding cuts by the Government mean there’s less money available for that intersection and many others across the district.
“Over the last two years I’ve been able to provide assistance to many hundreds of people through my offices here in Timaru and up in Ashburton, and at the more than 50 clinics I’ve held in towns and smaller communities like Temuka, Pleasant Point, Winchester and Orari.
“Helping people in our community is the most important job of being a local MP, and with the ongoing support of South Cantabrians, I’ll keep at it.”
Mrs Dean says she is delighted to have been confirmed as National’s candidate to stand for the Waitaki Electorate in the 2020 general election.
“First elected to Parliament in 2005, I’m a proud advocate for the people and communities which make up the Waitaki electorate and I’m driven by a desire to see this region thrive.
“I intend to remain focused on championing local needs around health and education, farming and small business, along with advocating for infrastructure support for this region.
“I’m particularly determined to work hard for small business owners, ensuring a positive and productive environment for them to thrive, with a focus on reducing red tape and bureaucracy.
“I’ve travelled thousands of miles and have had the privilege of meeting and working with some wonderful people and some tremendous communities over time.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to fiercely represent their interests at the 2020 election and beyond.”
Mrs Dean has held responsibilities as minister of commerce, consumer affairs and small business, associate minister for ACC and local government and Opposition spokeswoman for tourism. She is National’s spokeswoman for small business and local government and is also a member of the Governance and Administration Select Committee.