National Party members in Clutha Southland have selected Todd Barclay as their candidate for September’s election.
Todd Barclay was raised in Dipton and Gore, and at just 24 years old has established a strong mix of public and private sector experience in the public relations industry.
Working in Wellington and then Auckland, Todd worked for Bill English and cabinet ministers Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee. He left Parliament to work for one of New Zealand’s leading public relations consultancies, before taking on a role as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris.
Todd went to Gore High School, and studied at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Law.
Clutha Southland is the country’s largest general electorate, covering 38,247 square kilometres.
It has been well served by Bill English who will be standing on the party list only.
He wasn’t much older than Todd when he first entered parliament 24 years ago.
Delegates have chosen a young candidate to succeed him and he will be working hard to not just win the seat, which will get him into parliament, but maximise the party vote which will ensure he’s in a John Key-led government.