My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Thank God for the Sallies

Most people reading this blog will know I’ve been selected to run as Dunedin North’s Labour Party candidate in November’s General election.  Pete Hodgson is retiring, and I want to serve the people of Dunedin as their next MP. 

As the election draws closer, I’ll get my car painted and I’ll put my smiley face on roadside signs, plastered with the Labour logo. But jumping-up-and-down-on-street-corners-style campaigning is a long way off yet.  

In the meantime, I’m working hard to meet with as many individuals and groups in the electorate as I can.  Making sure I’m up to speed with current issues, is the first benefit of these visits.  The second is that more people are getting to know me, and understand that I am happy to be contacted with views, thoughts and concerns. 

Of course, I have my own existing Dunedin networks and contacts.  But I’m also increasingly finding that people are seeking me out.  There are always more groups to meet, and I’m enjoying finding out a few new things about my home town.

One group I’ve visited a couple of times recently is the Salvation Army, Dunedin Corps.  The local Sallies do some fantastic work with people who find themselves at the margins of society, whether through addiction, past trauma, or a myriad of other reasons.  They also prepare people on benefits for the workforce.  I was impressed by the set-up the Salvation Army is running in Dunedin, and by the positive ethic of a staff committed to making a real difference.

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