REGION – The Nick Xenophon Team will have a candidate in the Mayo electorate for the upcoming 2016 Federal election.
Rebekha Sharkie is the candidate and believes Mayo will be a “big battleground” on July 2 – the date of the federal election.
The seat is held by Liberal Member Jamie Briggs.
Ms Sharkie said Mayo has always been a blue ribbon Liberal seat and this has not served the electorate well.
“There have been a number of important projects which have been neglected and safe seats do not get the attention they deserve,” Ms Sharkie said.
“Marginal seats determine who is in government and it is time Mayo became a marginal seat to make Mayo matter.
“This is my goal.”
Ms Sharkie said she will be in Victor Harbor every Friday and can be contacted on 0403 731 676 or email email@example.com
“I am mobile and will catch up anywhere in the Mayo electorate, cafes, homes, wherever,” she said.
“If elected I am resolute to have an office on the south coast.”
The Nick Xenophon Team will have 10 candidates out of the possible 11 in South Australia and Ms Sharkie said the leader of the team, Nick Xenophon, ran a very intense interview process before anointing candidates to represent what he stands for and the party.
“The Nick Xenophon Team is very serious about making an impact on South Australia and this is why there are 10 candidates throughout the state at this Federal election,” Ms Sharkie said.
“This will be the most exciting election for the people of Mayo since John Schumann stood against Alexander Downer in 1998.
“The result went in Mr Downer’s and the Liberal Party’s favour, but the result went down to the wire as it came down to preferences.”
Aside from Ms Sharkie representing the Nick Xenophon Team in the seat of Mayo, former Langhorne Creek footballer and Alexandrina Council administrator Joe Hill will also be one of the 10 fighting for a seat at the 2016 federal election.
While Ms Sharkie contests Mr Briggs, Mr Hill will be contesting the Federal seat of Adelaide held by the Labor Party’s Kate Ellis.