Another shot for Lappin

THIRD TIME LUCKY: Local farmer Alan Lappin will contest the next federal election as an independent candidate for Indi.

NORTH Boorhaman farmer Alan Lappin expects this week to launch his campaign to contest the federal seat of Indi as an independent candidate in the next election.

The 63-year-old achieved 5.8 per cent of the primary vote when first he stood for Indi – as an independent – in the 2010 election.

He was also attempting to contest the 2013 election when he suffered a heart attack and had to withdraw.

“There’s no doubt that, as Cathy McGowan said herself at the time, that I opened up the path for her (successful election in 2013),” Mr Lappin told the Chronicle on Friday.

“She told me she was the beneficiary of my votes and that I’d made a big difference to her success.”

Mr Lappin said he was left of centre on the political spectrum.

His 2010 election count ended with 7.11 per cent – a total of 6023 votes – in 2010, with 44 per ccent going to Greens’ Jenny O’Connor, 29 per cent to then-incumbent Liberal Sophie Mirabella and 27 per cent to Labor’s Zuvele Leschen.

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