INDEPENDENT federal parliamentarian Cathy McGowan on Sunday afternoon chose her mother’s home town of Rutherglen to confirm that she will contest the next federal election.
The 61-year-old – who told the Wangaratta Chronicle on Friday that she surprised herself as much as the country when her grassroots political campaign in 2013 took the seat of Indi from the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella – used her family’s traditional attendance at Winery Walkabout to announce that she is to run again.
She was participating in the wine festival’s ‘celebrity grape stomp’ – 12 days short of the second anniversary of a decision made by a group known as ‘Voice of Indi’ to formalise her candidacy to go head-to-head with Mrs Mirabella in the September 2013 election.
“I hope it gives people the confidence to work with me on the next bit of the work that I’m doing,” Ms McGowan said of her decision when, on Friday, she foreshadowed yesterday’s public announcement, saying “unfinished business” had influenced her decision to seek a second term.
“There is more to be done to get improved mobile phone coverage, faster internet, fairer higher education, better transport and trains running on time,” she said on Friday.
This includes a round of community consultations known in the McGowan camp as ‘kitchen table conversations’ now taking place throughout her 28,000 square-kilometre North East and Alpine electorate.
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