ACT Labor has announced which candidates it will take to the 2020 ACT Election as the party seeks its sixth straight term.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith will lead the party’s campaign in Kurrajong, alongside one of the Chief Minister’s advisers, Jacob Ingrim.
Community and Public Services Union official Madeline Northam and Canberra en français magazine director and co-founder Nancy Waites, who also ran alongside Katy Gallagher as Labor senate candidate in the 2020 Federal Election, will also run for the seat.
Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay and backbencher Tara Cheyne will contest the Belconnen seat of Ginninderra, alongside public servants Sue Ducker and Greg Lloyd.
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Fresh-faced Minister Suzanne Orr headlines the party’s candidates in the Gungahlin electorate of Yerrabi, alongside CFMEU’s legal officer Tom Fischer and public servant Georgia Phillips.
The backbencher responsible for the controversial cannabis bill, Michael Pettersson, and Deepak-Raj Gupta, who took his place on the backbench after Meegan Fitzharris’s shock resignation, will also contest Yerrabi.
Transport Minister Chris Steel and backbencher Bec Cody will run again in Murrumbidgee, alongside pre-service teacher Tim Dobson and ANU researcher and Centre for Gambling Research director Dr Marisa Paterson.
Charles Sturt University economist and former treasurer of the Canberra Labor Club group Brendan Long will also run for the seat of Murrumbidgee for a second time.
Mick Gentleman and Joy Burch will look to be reelected in Brindabella, alongside ANU researcher Dr Catherine Day and Australian Workers’ Union organiser Brendan Forde. Former Brindabella candidate and public servant Taimus Werner-Gibbings rounds out the ticket.
ACT Labor secretary Matt Byrne said he believes it is a strong, committed and diverse field of candidates that will win Labor the election next October.
“Our candidates bring with them a life-time’s worth of experiences and knowledge. They are the best team to deliver good government for the ACT,” Mr Byrne said. “Only Labor can deliver effective, progressive government that delivers quality health care and education for our community whilst being able to tackle the big challenges our city is facing such as climate change and global economic uncertainty.”