Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'I'll Stand Up' for Battlers; Casino Man Beats Lismore Mayor to Be Labor's Page Candidate

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'I'll Stand Up' for Battlers; Casino Man Beats Lismore Mayor to Be Labor's Page Candidate

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Byline: Jasmine Burke Jasmine.Burke@northernstar.com.au

CASINO resident Patrick Deegan was elated to learn he had won Labor pre-selection for the seat of Page and will be taking on Kevin Hogan at the next federal election.

He was up against Lismore mayor Isaac Smith who Mr Deegan said was a "strong candidate" who ran "a competitive campaign".

Mr Deegan's win in the pre-selection is believed to be the first time a Casino resident has been chosen as Labor's candidate for Page.

"I am very excited and looking forward to the challenge of standing up for the people of Page during the election campaign," he said.

"My campaign will be based on standing up for the working people, the people the National Party ignores."

Mr Deegan said he believed he could also give Casino more attention that the town deserved.

"Casino is one part of the electorate too often ignored and taken for granted," he said.

"It's is a family town with a high percentage of pensioners and has high needs for health, education, jobs and social services. …

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