Finniss electorate has a Liberal candidate and SA-BEST for the March election

Finally there is an announcement of a candidate for the Nick Xenophon led SA-Best party in the electorate of Finniss for the March 17 state election.

With just over a month to go, it is leaving it a little tight, but one thing is for sure, there will now be an avalanche of other candidates for this prized region.

The Labor Party, Australian Conservatives, and Independents will be nominating candidates and the winner will be, the Finniss electorate.

The more choices the better and the one thing the region did not need was for a candidate to be elected unopposed, although Liberal candidate David Basham would not have minded.

Mr Basham has been patiently waiting in the wings after being pre-selected by the Liberal Party due to the impending retirement of Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly.

Finniss has been a safe seat for the Liberal Party since its creation in 1991, as a replacement for the equally safe Alexandra. Alexandra had been in the hands of the Liberals or their predecessor, the Liberal and Country League, since 1941, so it is going to be tough for anyone other than Liberal to win the seat.

But, as Rebekha Sharkie showed in the federal election in 2016, with hard work anything can happen. She took the seat from the Liberal Party by offering a choice, understanding the local issues and being personable.

Already political observers are predicting the unpredictable on March 17. No one seems to know what impact SA-BEST will have on the election and the duopoly of Labor and Liberal.

Joe Hill is Nick Xenophon’s choice to stand in Finniss after a real stumble with his first choice. Mr Hill is well known for his experience working at Alexandrina Council for 12 years and playing and administering sport in the area.

He is talking the political issues at the moment, but we have heard it all before. The cry for a dual highway from Adelaide to Victor Harbor, better health services and boost tourism, yes these are local and important issues, but we are sick of the talk and now want action from our representative in state parliament.  

Mr Hill is placing his name as an alternative and like Mr Basham, knows the region and its issues. At least now we have choice and a race of two.  We wait for more names.     


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