March 04, 2015
Prime picking close three-way race for Northland
Labour's Northland by-election candidate says she won't stand down to clear the way for New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
Willow Jean Prime says Mr Peters is likely to take votes from National Party newcomer Mark Osborne, and with the lower turn-out expected in by-elections there could be a close three-way race.
In September's general election Ms Prime's personal vote was 3000 votes higher than Labour's party vote.
In the 1999 and 2002 Labour won the party vote in the seat, showing Northland voters understand the MMP system and will vote for the person they consider will be the best local representative.
"In the past that has been the National MPs John Carter and Mike Sabin, but that gives me the incentive to get out there on the street, to meet as many people as possible, to tell them what I have to offer, to listen to their issues and to give them a real choice in this by-election," Ms Prime says.
She has been campaigning since Mike Sabin resigned for personal reasons in January.
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