The state Liberal party will hope to continue its reign over the seat of Finniss as Michael Pengilly steps away from the role and David Basham steps up to the plate.
Mr Basham is one of five candidates vying for the position, alongside Labor’s Russell Skinner, Greens’ Marc Mullette, SA-BEST’s Joe Hill, and Australian Conservatives’ Bruce Hicks.
Victor Harbor-born and Mount Compass-bred, he believes his lived experiences in the district and work in the dairy industry could be beneficial for the electorate.
The Basham family has lived in the Finniss electorate since the 1840s, starting a dairy farm in Mount Compass in 1848.
Mr Basham, with his wife and two daughters, continues to run the dairy farm where they milk 350 cows.
He was heavily involved with dairy farming advocacy at a state and federal level for more than 10 years, until 12 months ago, when he decided to step down and start campaigning to become the next Member for Finniss.
"I'd been involved with the dairy industry at a senior role for some time so I needed to let others into the space. Then the opportunity came up with Michael Pengilly retiring - I'd always been interested in politics,” he said.
If voted in, Mr Basham said his priorities would lie with agriculture, health, tourism and road infrastructure.
“We do tourism so well over Christmas, but we need to work out how to get more income for those tourism businesses over winter.”
“The worldwide cruising industry is booming and we need to work out how we can tap into that market.”
“Change in the South Coast District Hospital and the way it’s operated; I’ve heard complaining about waiting time, and they do a fantastic job with the resources they have.”
“But it’s about having the right qualifications on the staff to provide what’s needed for the community.”
“There are some road infrastructure issues we need to address – some we can achieve in the short term, some are long term.”
I recognise the RAA’s call for the duplication of Victor Harbor Road. I agree we need to spend money on it.David Basham
“I recognise the RAA’s call for the duplication of Victor Harbor Road and I agree we need to spend money on it. I think it’s a stage thing.”