SMARTLY dressed supporters raised their tea cups to Christian Democratic Party candidate Deborah Lions at her campaign launch at the Cavanbah Centre today.
At the Ladies High Tea, delicate cakes and delicious biscuits did not distract party members from the woman they had come to cheer and the campaign they had gathered to celebrate.
“I wanted to do something for the ladies who have been my staunch supporters,” Ms Lions said.
Ms Lions, running in her second state election, is no stranger to the election process, having run in two federal elections and vying for a position on council in the past.
“People may be getting sick of my face but at least they know me and realise I wouldn’t do this for fun.
“I’m serious about campaigning on issues which affect this community and offering people an alternative to the major parties.
Ms Lions outlined some of the issues she sees as important for Coffs Harbour and her position on a number of points.
“I’m against the 3A developments and I’m against the relationship between state and local government in relation to development.
“I want development decisions to be returned to our local councils.
“I believe we need more funding for doctors and to bring the 1:4 nurse to patient ratio back in.
“The highway bypass is a huge political football and we need to say no to state party politics and buck-passing which is holding up the urgently needed Coffs Harbour Bypass.
“I have learnt a lot from running in the past and am trying to be wise by not talking about other parties.
“While I’m against the Labor and Greens marriage on a federal level and saw enough about how this relationship works from the last federal election to disagree with it, I am focusing on policies and listening rather than berating others.
“It is important for people to have an alternative to the big parties and party politics and we need minor parties to keep major parties honest and accountable.”
Ms Lions has lived in the Boambee Valley with her husband Paul and five sons for seven years and they are committed members of their local church. She has described herself as a “wife and mother first of all” but has a sales and marketing background.
In the 2007 State election when Deborah stood for the seat of Coffs Harbour, she attracted 1592 or 3.7% of votes.