Labor and Greens announce candidates for Federal election in Mayo

ELECTION TIME: Greens candidate for the seat of Mayo is Anne Bourne. The Federal election will be held on Saturday, May 18.
ELECTION TIME: Greens candidate for the seat of Mayo is Anne Bourne. The Federal election will be held on Saturday, May 18.

The Greens and the Labor Party have announced their candidates to take on Liberal candidate Georgina Downer and current Member, Rebekha Sharkie, at the May 18 Federal election, for the seat of Mayo.

The core flutes are up on poles throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula promoting candidates.

The Greens candidate is Anne Bourne. At the Federal election the Greens will be fighting for strong action on climate change and putting communities before corporations. They will field candidates in every seat in South Australia.

"Anne is a Goolwa local who will stand up for the health of the River Murray and fight drilling in the Bight. Her experience working in the community makes her a strong advocate for people living in Mayo," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, the lead Greens Senate candidate in South Australia said.

Anne is a Psychologist, and has a long history of contributing to her community in Landcare, child and youth services, and environmental activism.

"I am a passionate advocate for social justice and am excited to have the opportunity to represent the people of Mayo," Anne Bourne said. "I will campaign for all Australians to have access to health, education, affordable housing, and stable employment."

The Labor candidate is Saskia Gerhardy.

The Labor candidate for the seat of Mayo Saskia Gerhardy.

The Labor candidate for the seat of Mayo Saskia Gerhardy.

In 2016, Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie won the Liberal stronghold of Mayo, from then sitting Member Jamie Briggs. The Liberal Party had held the seat of Mayo since it was formed in 1984.

In 2018, Ms Sharkie was one of four MPs who was forced to resign from Parliament because of her dual citizenship and in July, 2018, contested a by election. Ms Sharkie retained the seat of Mayo, defeating Liberal candidate Georgina Downer.

Ms Sharkie polled 44.37 per cent of the vote and Ms Downer 37.44 per cent. Mayo is a marginal Federal seat and The Times will be asking candidates what are the main issues in the region and how they can assist in giving support.

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