Labor pins hopes on Wayne Sanford and Shelley Payne

South Western Times
Labor candidate for Forrest Wayne Sanford and Labor candidate for O’Connor Shelley Payne
Camera IconLabor candidate for Forrest Wayne Sanford and Labor candidate for O’Connor Shelley Payne

Labor has announced former Collie shire president Wayne Sanford as its candidate for Forrest in the upcoming Federal election.

His selection was confirmed on Wednesday while Shelley Payne was named as the party’s candidate for O’Connor on the same day.

Mr Sanford said he was excited about the opportunity to put his name forward to represent the people of Forrest.

“We need to build sustainable communities and regions by having profitable, strong and successful industry and business, employing people in secure and well paid jobs,” Mr Sanford said.

Wayne Sanford.
Camera IconWayne Sanford.

As well as serving on the Collie Shire Council for 16 years, including six as president, Mr Sanford has worked with the South West Development Commission and the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance.

Incumbent Forrest MHR Nola Marino has held the seat since 2007.

She won 49.4 per cent of the primary vote and had secured more than 62 per cent after preferences to win the seat ahead of Labor candidate Lorrae Loud in 2016.

Nerilee Boshammer has been confirmed as the Greens candidate and Dale Bromley will run for the United Australia Party.

Mrs Payne is an Esperance shire councillor and said it was time for change.

“I want to be a part of a government that listens to country people and empowers them to innovate and contribute to driving their own future,” she said.

“We need better roads, more funding for health services, education opportunities and to take meaningful action against climate change

“With my background and as a mother of three teenagers, I’m passionate about the environment, building a stronger future for regional WA, better education and improved services for our electorate.”

Shelley Payne
Camera IconShelley Payne

O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson won more than 65 per cent of the vote after preferences in 2016 to secure a second term.

Four other candidates have been confirmed for what is considered a safe Liberal seat.

John Hassell will run as the Nationals candidate, Nelson Blake Gilmour is the Greens candidate, Anthony Fels will represent the United Australia Party and Ian t’Hart will run as the Australian Christians candidate.

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