Three enter Labor’s preselection race

Three candidates have put up their hand for preselection to become the Australian Labor Party Ripon candidate ahead of next year’s state election.

Maurice Billi

Kate Astbury

Kate Astbury, Sara De Santis and Maurice Billi are in the running to contest the marginal seat of Ripon in a bid to topple incumbent member, Louise Staley.

Ms Astbury and Mr Billi both believe they can bring positive change to Ripon.

“I have witnessed the benefit of both good and bad policies on our region over the past 20 years or so and I know what an effective local member can achieve,” Ms Astbury said.

“I was impressed with the level of commitment and the projects delivered by (former Labor Member for Ripon) Joe Helper and I would like to replicate Joe’s good work,” she said.

Being born and raised in Ararat, Ms Astbury has since worked in Central Goldfields, Northern Grampians, Ararat and Pyrenees municipalities.

“I know many people across the electorate and I believe I have an understanding of what the needs are of individual communities,” Ms Astbury said.

Working with vulnerable young people for the last 20 years, Mr Billi says the people of Ripon “deserve a candidate who will work hard for all its members and listen to the collective community voice”.

“I believe we have many wonderful things to celebrate in our electorate and I would be out there promoting all our amazing local achievements at every opportunity,” he said.

“I believe I can bring a fresh voice and perspective to Ripon. Many people are currently disillusioned with the political climate and the fact that so many of our politicians appear to be out of touch with the community and what really matters,” he said.

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