29 May 2011

National selects candidate for Rangitikei

10:13 pm on 29 May 2011

The National Party has selected its candidate for the Rangitikei electorate.

Justice Minister Simon Power is the electorate's current MP, but he announced in March he would retire at the November election.

Ian McKelvie, who has been the mayor of the Manawatu District since November 2002, will now campaign to win the seat.

Mr McKelvie runs his family's farming business and says sustainable agriculture, including the protection of soil and water, is among his priorities.