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Polling day in the 2020 general election is likely to be 12 months away, but Ms Dowie has had her candidacy in Invercargill for that election confirmed before most people have even turned their minds to this month's local body elections.
The uncharitable will point out Ms Dowie was the only nominee the selection committee had to consider, but that would do her a disservice.
Just a few months ago, Ms Dowie found herself embroiled in a scandal which dominated headlines for weeks on end, the ramifications of which are still being realised.
Many pundits, including this one, stated her parliamentary career was over.
However, they breed them tough down south, and Ms Dowie is not just back for more but she looks full of fight.
She has made the very most of the political opportunities provided to her by the ongoing row over reform of the polytechnic sector, closely aligning herself with the Southern Institute of Technology's protest campaign in a way in which only being in Opposition allows.
Bear in mind that under National's constitution, its electorate candidates must have board approval, National obviously feels the positives of Ms Dowie's performance outweigh any residual negatives.
The party wants to get its ducks in a row early for 2020: it is aiming to have all its candidate selections confirmed by the end of the year.
Jacqui Dean was confirmed as the party's Waitaki candidate this week and Clutha Southland would, you imagine, be straightforward as well, Hamish Walker looking like he is in for the long haul as the electorate MP.
The two Dunedin seats are still to be confirmed, although you would think that if the 2017 candidates - senior MP Michael Woodhouse and No53 on the list Matt Gregory - were to put themselves forward again, they would have a high likelihood of getting another crack at it.
The governing parties are not in quite such a hurry.
Labour has begun candidate selection for some seats, and the southern region seats will follow soon.
Nominations will be open for about two months local electorate committees and the party itself playing a part in the selection of final candidates.
For some seats such as Dunedin North or Invercargill, where Labour has an electorate MP (David Clark) or an established list MP and former electorate candidate (Liz Craig) respectively, that should be a simple process.
The rural seats may also not take too long to sort out - there is not usually a long list of people queueing up to be impaled by a large margin in safe National seats.
Dunedin South, on the other hand, is likely to attract plenty of would-be MPs wanting to step into the departing Clare Curran's shoes and occupy what has historically been safe Labour territory.
Party officials hope to have the selection process complete by early next year, although a sizeable field of quality candidates in Dunedin North might challenge that proposed timeline.
New Zealand First runs a ``Potential Candidates Academy Program'', applications for which closed three weeks ago.
A one-day academy for potential candidates will be held later this month, in conjunction with the party's annual conference in Christchurch.
There has been some disruption in the party hierarchy in recent weeks - party president Lester Grey first stepped down temporarily for health reasons, then this week resigned.
Jude Patterson, wife of NZ First's Clutha Southland list MP Mark Patterson has been acting president in the interim, and finding potential electorate candidates will be just one of many things on her plate in Christchurch.
The Green Party selects its candidates from its grassroots membership, favouring people who have a track record in campaigning for causes the party also espouses.
As for Act, it's a ``work in progress'' the party says.
Hopefully, for them, the work gets done before deadline.
Winston (Churchill, not Peters) famously said that the best argument against democracy was a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
It is a view Mark Patterson might have some sympathy with after a testy facebook exchange with a voter this week on the subject of environmental reform and its impact on farmers.
After being told ``I put it to you that if you are supporting this you are a traitor to the farming community you are supposed to be representing,'' Mr Patterson gamely replied that the Government was consulting on a discussion document and details might well change.
The voter then asked a few reasonable questions but as the thread lengthened things quickly deteriorated, Mr Voter eventually saying ``Mark Patterson, you have become a true politician. Your backside is planted firmly on the fence,'' and finishing off with ``Mark Patterson if you believe that you have less brains than I thought you had''.
Jacqui Dean has also been actively campaigning on the Government's freshwater standard proposals.
As her electorate newsletter shows (below), Mrs Dean is canvassing the views of all stakeholders on the issue.