CHOICE OF CANDIDATES
ALL PARTIES ACTIVE
No time is being lost by the various political parties in. making arrangements for their representation in the forthcoming by-election in the Hutt electorate. One of the parties is already actively engaged in the field. It is expected that definite announcements will be made within a few days as to the names of the various contestants. As was indicated, on Wednesday, it appears that there will be four candidates for the seat which the Hon. T. M. Wilford is about to vacate. The Labour Party's arrangements are well in hand. A large and enthusiastic meeting of supporters of the party assembled last night at the Labour Hall, Petone, to meet the Party's official candidate (Mr. Walter Nash). i.ir. P. Fraser, M.P. for Wellington Centra!, was appointed campaign organiser, and Mr. M. Pagan election secretary. Further meetings will be held at Lower Hutt and Moera tonight for the purpose of setting up campaign committees.
It is expected that official announcements will be made in a day or two m respect to the candidates chosen to contest the seat on behalf of the Reform Party and the United Party A.meeting of Eeform. Party supporters has been called for to-morrow, night, at the Wesley Hall, Petone, for the purpose of selecting a candidate. The, Leader of tho : Party (the. Eight Hon. J. G. Coates) will bo present. There will be two nominees for the party's representation.
A deputation from all parts of the Hutt electorate will.wait on Mr. James Ken this evening to offer him the nomination as the official United candidate for the Hutt seat. It is understood that Mr. Kerr. is prepared to accept the compliment. Mr. James Kerr is a native of Greymouth, West Coast, and the eldest son. of the late Hon. James Kerr, M.L.C He was educated at the Grey High School, and served his apprenticeship m the "Grey River Argus," afterwards becoming manager. In 1912 he took charge of the "Hutt and Petone Chronicle," and later became its proprietor. Jir. Kerr has considerable experience in local body work having for twelve years been a member of the Grey Education Board, and chairman for three consecutive termsmember of the Grey Borough, Council for twelve years; Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and various other local bodies. In 1909 he stood for the Grey seat against Sir Arthur Guiness, Speaker of the House, and was defeated by a small majority. Mr. Kerr is at present a member of the Petone iire Board, a member of the Petone Beautifying and Foreshore Improvement Society, an associate member of the Petone Borough Council, ex-preai-dent of the Central Bowling Club, president of the Petone Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club, president of the Potone Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Hutt Valley High School Board of Governors; one of the foundation members of the United Party, and at present a member of the executive; and o.or the past sixteen years has been chairman of the.Hon. T. M. Wilford's election committee.
The machinery for the by-election will not be properly set in motion, so tar as the Electoral Department is concerned, until the resignation of the sitting member has been gazetted So far. Mr. Wilford has not tendered ■us _ resignation, ana there is no obligation for him to do so immediately; Th o usual procedure is that the resignation is addressed to the Speaker of the House of Eepresentatives, who then notifies the- vacancy in the "Gazette" and gives au instruction for the- issue of a writ for a by-elec-tion. Tho Clerk of ttre Writs forthwith issues the writ, and also fixes the date of the election. The question -as to whether the by-election.will take place before or after the Christmas holiday period therefore depends on the date of the resignation. If It were tendered within a few days, no doubt the necessary formalities could be complied with in time for the election to be held before Christmas, but if Mr. Wilford chooses to withhold his resignation until about-the time of his departure for England, as may possibly happen, therewill hardly be sufficient time for a poll before the holidays; moreover, the fixing of a date towards the middle of December wouid probably conflict with the holiday period.
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HUTT BY-ELECTION, Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 119, 15 November 1929
HUTT BY-ELECTION Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 119, 15 November 1929
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