Euroa: marginal seat?

Strathbogie Voices poses question to candidates, and voters

IT’S YOUR CHOICE: This Saturday, Strathbogie Shire residents will vote for one of six candidates in the Euroa electorate for the 2014 state election. Pictured are (from left) Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan, Labor candidate Clare Malcolm and Liberal candidate Tony Schneider. Not pictured are fellow candidates Julie-Anne Winzer (Family First), Simon Roberts (Greens) and Lisa Adams (Australian Country Alliance). PHOTO: Anthony Cini

STRATHBOGIE Shire voters have been asked to consider voting for ‘real change’ this Saturday in a grass roots campaign to get a marginalised state seat for the Euroa electorate.

In four days time, most residents will hit voting booths across the shire and pick one of six candidates who they think best represents the electorate they wish to serve.

Last week, the three candidates from three of the major parties – Nationals’ Stephanie Ryan, Liberals’ Tony Schneider and Labor’s Clare Malcolm – were in Binney Street and took part in an in-depth ABC radio discussion on their major election promises.

The interview was attended by local townspeople, including representatives from grass roots community group Strathbogie Voices, who made a push for a marginalised seat in a bid to not get “backwater treatment” from an elected government.

Voices chairperson Kate Stothers said the group was inspired by ex-MP Tony Windsor in fighting for a marginal seat.

“Tony Windsor said loyalty wasn’t always rewarded and the group felt it rang true for this new electorate,” she said.

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