South Australian election 2018: Mat O'Brien named Labor candidate for Hammond

Familiar face: Mat O'Brien will be Labor's candidate for Hammond at the 2018 state election. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Familiar face: Mat O'Brien will be Labor's candidate for Hammond at the 2018 state election. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Liberal MP Adrian Pederick’s first challenger for the 2018 state election has been revealed.

Mat O’Brien will contest the seat of Hammond for Labor.

Mr O’Brien, a Mobilong Prison worker, has previous experience as a candidate: he ran for Labor against Liberal Member for Barker Tony Pasin at the 2016 federal poll.

He won the third-most votes on that occasion, after Mr Pasin and the Nick Xenophon Team candidate.

On a visit to The Bend Motorsport Park on Tuesday, Mr O'Brien said the Labor Party intended to put more effort into its local campaign in 2018.

Hammond's boundaries will change at the upcoming election, drawing in Mannum and Karoonda and losing Goolwa.

Mr Pederick will aim to win a fourth term as the area's Parliamentary representative after succeeding Peter Lewis in 2006 and being re-elected by a comfortable margin in 2010 and 2014.