Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Duo in Battle to Run for the ALP Mayor Challenged

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Duo in Battle to Run for the ALP Mayor Challenged

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Byline: Alison Paterson alison.paterson@northernstar.com.au

ONE candidate has worked in local government for more than a decade and the other has a solid career in social justice, and they both want to win Labor pre-selection for Page.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, 43, and social worker Patrick Deegun, 44, have each announced they will be standing for pre-selection for the ALP in order to contest the seat at the next federal election.

The two men, each of whom is married with children and has extensive community connections, are ready to fight for their electorate.

And if campaigning continues in the manner it started, we are in for a doozey.

Cr Smith, who was elected to Lismore City Council a decade ago, said he was concerned when people with no political expertise were elected for federal roles.

"I think we worry when people step straight into Federal Government from unions or business without any local government experience," he said. …

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