Choice needed at election time
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.