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Ripon is likely to come in for some particularly close scrutiny as voters head off to the polls tomorrow.

Held by a mere 4.3 percent margin by state agriculture minister, Labor’s Joe Helper analysts are viewing Ripon as something of a crucial country bellwether in the overall election outcome.

Health services, employment and infrastructure are among key issues that will help decide the seat with windfarm and rate-setting policy also emerging as hot topics among the electorate’s voters in recent weeks.

Six candidates are contesting the lower house seat of Ripon which encompasses Maryborough, Ararat, Stawell and Avoca.

They are incumbent, Joe Helper; the Liberal’s Vic Dunn; the National Party’s Wendy McIvor, Greens’ candidate Steve Morse, the Country Alliance Party’s Scott Watts and Family First candidate, Jesse Boer.

Moolort businessman, large-scale chicken farm operator, Steven Stoiljkovic had initially indicated his intention to stand for Ripon as an independent.

For the full story, see the current edition of The Maryborough Advertiser.

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