It’s a Downer v Sharkie rematch
FEDERAL political aspirant Georgina Downer will again take on Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie for the Adelaide seat of Mayo.
But she has vowed to do at least one thing differently this time around – win.
Ms Downer, the daughter of former Howard Government minister Alexander Downer who held the seat for 24 years, will contest the federal election after being steamrolled by Ms Sharkie six weeks ago. Ms Sharkie beat Ms Downer, pictured, in the July 28 by-election – triggered by the citizenship scandal that engulfed Pparliament – after securing 57.5 per cent of the twoparty preferred vote. Ms Downer told The Advertiser there would be one significant difference for round two.
“I will win, that’ll be the difference,” she said.
“I’ll also have more time to meet more people.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting people from the new parts of the electorate.”
Mayo will include voters from Port Willunga, Aldinga, Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach for the first time at the next federal election.
Ms Downer, who faced accusations during the by-election campaign of not being a local after living interstate and overseas for many years, said she was loving living back in the region where she grew up.
“The reality is my husband and I are raising our two children here in one of the best places in the world,” she said.