La­bor names can­di­date

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AN­OTHER can­di­date has been added to the race for Be­nam­bra with Wodonga’s Mark Tait be­ing pre­s­e­lected as La­bor’s can­di­date for the state seat in this year’s Vic­to­rian State Elec­tion.

There are now two chal­lengers to Lib­eral in­cum­bent Bill Til­ley who has held the Be­nam­bra seat since 2006.

In April, for­mer pol­icy ad­vi­sor for Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi), Jac­qui Hawkins an­nounced she would be run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent for the elec­torate.

Mr Tait who lives in Wodonga with his wife and two chil­dren has worked in North East Vic­to­ria for more than 22 years rep­re­sent­ing work­ers and their rights.

He said he was proud to be rep­re­sent­ing his com­mu­nity as the La­bor can­di­date for Be­nam­bra.

“Through my work I have seen first­hand the chal­lenges fac­ing young peo­ple, fam­i­lies, older Aus­tralians, peo­ple work­ing in chang­ing in­dus­tries and our farm­ers,” Mr Tait said.

“Vic­to­rian La­bor has con­sis­tently cham­pi­oned our com­mu­nity’s needs in jobs, health, ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and so­cial jus­tice, and I want to con­tinue that work to make the elec­torate of Be­nam­bra a bet­ter place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.

“I know that in Be­nam­bra, La­bor will keep work­ing to pro­vide bet­ter schools for our kids, more jobs for our grow­ing com­mu­nity, bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ser­vices to keep peo­ple in the work­force, im­proved ac­cess to health ser­vices and child­care.

Mr Tait said he was con­fi­dent he could build on the work of Up­per House mem­bers for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes and Mark Gepp if elected on Novem­ber 24.

“I’m proud of La­bor’s in­vest­ment in Be­nam­bra, but there is plenty of work to do,” he said.

“I want to help en­sure that an An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to in­vest in our hos­pi­tals, schools like Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege, TAFE, sport­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, and con­tin­ues to lead the na­tion in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We have a grow­ing and chang­ing com­mu­nity in Be­nam­bra, and we need to cater for that growth in our sub­urbs while at the same time help­ing and grow­ing our world class farming and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

“I be­lieve we need a strong voice in par­lia­ment and I want to be that voice for the peo­ple of Be­nam­bra.

“Our peo­ple need a voice in Gov­ern­ment ev­ery day, not just at elec­tion time, and I will be a strong voice fight­ing ev­ery day for our com­mu­nity.”

“I want to help en­sure that an An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to in­vest in our hos­pi­tals, schools like Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege, TAFE, sport­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, and con­tin­ues to lead the na­tion in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I be­lieve we need a strong voice in par­lia­ment and I want to be that voice for the peo­ple of Be­nam­bra.

“Be­nam­bra fam­i­lies need a voice in Gov­ern­ment ev­ery day, not just at elec­tion time, and I will be a strong voice fight­ing ev­ery day for our com­mu­nity.”

CHAL­LENGER: Wodonga man Mark Tait is the lat­est can­di­date for the seat of Be­nam­bra.

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