A Te Awamutu Local, and former New Conservative candidate (Election 2020) Lee Smith has been confirmed as the DemocracyNZ candidate for Taranaki-King Country, Party Leader Matt King, announced earlier today
Referencing the party’s biography Smith,
has lived in the King Country, for more than 20 years, and over that time has run a successful local business. She was born and raised in Taranaki. Lee’s father was a dairy farmer. Lee credits her parents for instilling in Lee a passion for farming and an unwavering drive and commitment to advocate for the rural sector. She is a wife, a mother of six and a grandmother, and in between supporting her children’s sports teams and participating in community activities, Lee is an avid gardener. Family is her number one priority.
King, is quoted as saying, “Lee, joined DemocracyNZ after becoming increasingly concerned about the downward trajectory of New Zealand’s economy and social cohesion under this Labour Government.”
Smith is quoted as saying, “I’m grateful to be the DemocracyNZ candidate for Taranaki-King Country. Putting my name up for DemocracyNZ is a responsibility and commitment that I do not take lightly. We are an emerging Party, but we are becoming a political force. There are many people who currently feel politically homeless and DemocracyNZ is the answer to that uncertainty. I will be working extremely hard to win Taranaki-King Country for DemocracyNZ.
I have always been interested in service for the community and our country. My favourite political quote is from the Athenian General, Pericles, who said ‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you’.”
King concluded by saying, DemocracyNZ is a growing party and will continue to carry out candidate selection over the coming months in the lead-up to the #NZElection2023.
Aside from Matt King who has already announced his Northland candidacy as a priority for DemocracyNZ, Lee Smith is the only other candidate announced to date.
King has previously been the Northland MP from 2017 – 2020 however National lost that seat to Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime by 163 votes in 2020.
Party leader Matt King with Taranaki-King Country Candidate Lee Smith
At what can only be described as a very successful launch in Te Awamutu tonight, Lee Smith is pictured above with Matt King after addressing a full house of more than 200 locals.
Lee, pictured above with Groundswell spokesman and guest speaker Steve Cranston who addressed the rural community on the complications of climate change legislation.
Matt King finished the evening by bringing the speakers together for a Q and A session. Smith was asked for her thoughts on Education and advocated for greater parental involvement, back to basics on numeracy and literacy, and better trades training for the boys.