Hamish Walker has tonight been selected by local party members as National’s 2017 Clutha-Southland candidate, stepping out of the shadows of beleaguered predecessor Todd Barclay.
The 32-year old replaces Todd Barclay, who withdrew as National's candidate for the Clutha-Southland electorate two months ago after allegations he made secret recordings of his electorate secretary Glenys Dixon.
Mr Walker is a business advisor who works and lives in the Cluth-Southland area.
He said he was excited to take on the oppertunity and "hit the ground running" in whats considered to be one of the safest National seats in the country.
"Although National has had strong support from Clutha-Southland, I’m taking nothing for granted. I’ll be working incredibly hard to remind folks right across the electorate that our party is the only one that can be relied up on to keep delivering policies that benefit their families and businesses."
Before becoming National's Clutha-Southland candidate he previously ran for the party in the Dunedin South electorate in 2014.