The National Party has chosen fourth generation Ashburtonian Andrew Falloon as the Rangitata electorate candidate who will replace Jo Goodhew.
Falloon was chosen from three candidate nominees at a selection meeting attended by about 100 party members in Timaru this evening.
“It’s a great honour being chosen by local National members to run for Parliament in my home electorate,” Falloon said after the meeting in a press release.
“Rangitata, or Mid and South Canterbury, is deeply a part of who I am and my family’s history.
“I know our communities well – their aspirations, and the challenges they face,” he said.
His party had backed regions such as Rangitata through economic and natural crises while getting New Zealand back into surplus.
“I will be working hard to earn the trust of our local communities to represent them in a National team that will build on the successes of the last few years,” Falloon said.
He acknowledged retiring MP Jo Goodhew, saying she had been a “fierce advocate” for the area and regional New Zealand.
He was a fourth generation Ashburtonian, born and raised in the electorate.
He graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
He worked in several roles in Parliament and is married to Rose.