Choice needed at elec­tion time

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

NOW there is three. With the en­try of in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Tammy Atkins to the fray this Novem­ber’s state elec­tion bat­tle for the seat of Ovens Val­ley will be a more in­ter­est­ing one.

We al­ready have two high pro­file can­di­dates in sit­ting mem­ber Tim McCurdy and Aus­tralian Coun­try Party can­di­date Dr Ju­lian Fidge on the bal­lot pa­per and with Ms Atkins putting her hand up there are three fairly dis­tinc­tive choices.

Each can­di­date has a strong per­son­al­ity and is fa­mil­iar with the po­lit­i­cal argy bargy and me­dia fo­cus of a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign so no doubt we will be hear­ing more of them as the elec­tion date comes closer.

What­ever your views on the in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates, we must re­spect each of them for putting them­selves for­ward into the spot­light in what can be a fairly tor­rid arena and judge each of them on their mer­its and mes­sage.

The only po­lit­i­cal force we seem to be miss­ing at this stage is from the left with La­bor and The Greens yet to nom­i­nate a can­di­date.

While re­sources, or lack of them, may be a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor for some par­ties on whether to run a can­di­date, it would be par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing if the sit­ting State Govern­ment party La­bor does not even en­ter the Ovens Val­ley race.

While up­per house mem­ber Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) has as high a pro­file in this elec­torate as any­one, and a rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing on ma­jor project fund­ing, it would be a shame if La­bor didn’t at least try to con­test for the lower house seat.

We are tra­di­tion­ally a con­ser­va­tive seat but so it was fed­er­ally in Indi be­fore Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) swept to power.

Come on Mr An­drews, put for­ward a can­di­date to sell your govern­ment’s mes­sage and re­spond to the cur­rent can­di­dates’ poli­cies in the upcoming cam­paign so our vot­ers get an even wider choice in the bal­lot box.

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