Doyle announced as Labor candidate for Ovens Valley
A PRIMARY school teacher in Melbourne, who was born and raised at Burramine, near Yarrawonga, is the Labor Party candidate for the seat of Ovens Valley in this month’s state election.
Kate Doyle (pictured right) announced her candidacy, saying she wanted to offer the electorate a genuine choice at the polls.
She said she was aware there were some who would question her candidacy, announced less than a month out from the election, but she insisted she is “taking this seriously”.
And despite Labor only securing 22 per cent of the primary vote in the seat at the 2014 election, Ms Doyle does believe she has a chance to win.
“Things change...look at Wentworth,” she said.
“This election has quite a few unknowns...the seat has an independent candidate...I think I have a legitimate chance if the Nationals’ vote splits.
“I think the Labor Party has delivered strongly for Victoria, and the North East, during its current term and I think we would achieve alot more with a local committed Labor candidate.”
While she resides with her husband Paul and their two teenage daughters in Melbourne, Ms Doyle said she would welcome the opportunity to relocate and represent the area - where she grew up, and where she still has very strong family connections.
“I was born and raised in Burramine, educated at Burramine South Primary School, Yarrawonga Sacred Heart Secondary School and Galen College in Wangaratta,” she said.
“My family is well known in the area, with the fifth generation of Doyle’s now living in the original Burramine farm house.
“My late father served on council (Yarrawonga) for 20 years and is a former mayor.”
While she is teaching at present, Ms Doyle has a background in marketing, accounting, radio producing, dairy farming, small business and expertise in primary industry and agri-food markets.
“I believe we need a strong voice in parliament, someone focused on the issues that matter most to country people and I know I can be that person,” she said.
“The Andrews Labor Government have invested in the things that matter to the residents of Ovens Valley including, jobs, health, education, the environment and are rebuilding sporting and community facilities – I want to build on that work and make the electorate a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Ms Doyle joins Nationals incumbent Tim McCurdy, Australian Country Party candidate Dr Julian Fidge and independent Tammy Atkins as confirmed starters to contest the Ovens Valley seat. Prospective candidates have until this Friday to lodge their nominations.