Sarah Dowie has been selected by National Party members as their candidate in Invercargill.
As the party’s regional chair it was my duty, and pleasure, to chair last night’s selection meeting.
The official media release says:
The National Party has announced local legal professional Sarah Dowie will be its candidate for the Invercargill seat at the 2014 general election
Ms Dowie was endorsed by a meeting of local party members in Invercargill tonight.
“National is taking nothing for granted in Invercargill this year, and the selection of a candidate of Sarah’s calibre reflects that,” says National’s Southern Region Chair, Ele Ludemann.
“The electorate and the party have been well served by retiring MP Eric Roy. Sarah will be working hard to win the support of the community to continue that strong local leadership. She is well aware of the challenges ahead, but I know we have the right person.”
Ms Dowie says she is immensely proud to have been selected to contest the electorate for National.
“Invercargill is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I enjoy people and am passionate about this community,” says Ms Dowie.
“I believe we have some real opportunities ahead as a region. Our challenge is to ensure strong leadership and responsible policies which create more jobs and growth.
“I would be thrilled to earn the trust and support of our communities to serve them in Parliament, help secure those opportunities, and keep Invercargill’s strong voice in John Key’s National Party.”
Sarah Dowie – Biographical notes
Sarah Dowie is an Invercargill-based solicitor. As the daughter of two police officers, justice and law and order issues are part of her DNA.
After graduating from Otago University and being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Sarah established a successful career practising commercial and environmental law.
39-years-old, Sarah lives in Invercargill with husband Mark Billcliff and their two pre-school children. Mark is a former first class cricketer and Southland representative, who now gives back by coaching local youth.
Sarah is an appointee to the Otago-Southland Lotteries Board. Instinctively community-minded, she also provides free legal services to community groups.
She is a former manager for the Department of Conservation in its tourism and concession wing and is now a trustee and Deputy Chair of the Dog Island Motu Piu Conservation Trust, which is working to eradicate pests on the island and restore it as a viable habitat for tuatara.
An active member of the Invercargill Rotary Club, Sarah currently holds the Directorship of Youth/New Generations. She is also a member of the Invercargill Women’s Club, attends All Saints Anglican Church, and is a former executive member of the Waihopai Playcentre.
In her acceptance speech, Sarah paid tribute to Eric and said his will be big shoes to fill.
The unofficial photo shows how big the shoes she will have to fill are:
For the record, his shoes are size 15, and Sarah is up for the job.