Riding against trend

“Bitter-sweet” for Steph Ryan after her win of Euroa seat

STEPH’S SEAT: Stephanie Ryan (MLA, Euroa) is the first MP to take the newly created seat of Euroa at this year’s state election. Also pictured are supporters (from left) Cathy Heidrich, Sam Harmer, Richard Hyett, Mark Foletta, Dom Hopkinson and Ruby Cameron, celebrating at the Seven Creeks Hotel in Euroa on Saturday. PHOTO: Anthony Cini

STEPHANIE Ryan’s comprehensive win in the new seat of Euroa bucked the trend in what was a dismal day at the polls for the Coalition last Saturday.

The 28-year-old was the only National Party candidate in last week’s state election to enjoy a swing towards her.

In fact, in Ms Ryan’s first campaign, she managed to secure a swing of 1.8 per cent.

“I am elated but it’s bitter-sweet because everything I worked so hard to get commitments for over the last 10 months will evaporate now that Labor is in government,” she told the Euroa Gazette.

“We are going to have to fight tooth and nail for those things now because they’re not guaranteed, in fact they’re unlikely.”

The first MP to take the newly formed seat is worried for the electorate given the meagre commitments made to the region from the Labor Party.

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