Sekfy runs for Cowper a fifth time

HE likens himself to a warhorse with plenty of experience and finally the opportunity for a win.

For a fifth time Paul Sekfy will try to win the seat of Cowper for the ALP.

He was yesterday endorsed as the party’s candidate for the next Federal election.

“I am very excited that my dedication, my perseverance, my enthusiasm and my commitment to the local area have been recognised by being pre-selected unopposed,” Mr Sekfy said.

“This rank-and-file pre-selection shows that from Maclean to Kempsey the ALP is unified and united,” he said.

“I am very happy that the ALP faithful can envision success and think that I am now a very good bet to win.”

Mr Sekfy first ran for Cowper in 1993 after an unsuccessful tilt at the state seat of Oxley.

He put up his hand again in 1996 and 1998, but was denied the opportunity in 2001 when then Coffs Harbour mayor, Jenny Bonfield, was appointed the candidate by the ALP’s hierarchy.

At the last Federal election in 2007, and despite a late start when the ALP head office controversially ousted the endorsed candidate John Fitzroy and installed him as the challenger, Mr Sekfy gave The Nationals’ sitting member a real polling day scare.

The vote went down to the wire with Luke Hartsuyker scraping home after the distribution of absentee and postal votes.

“I reduced the margin in Cowper from 6.7 per cent to 1.2 per cent and made the seat marginal,” Mr Sekfy said.

“I have not lost anything by not winning because each time I have stood I have reduced the margin and secured things for the people of this area.”

The sitting member Luke Hartsuyker said he will demand Mr Sekfy justify why people should support a party (the ALP) that has been found to be so lacking.

“They want to impose a big fat tax in the form of emissions trading,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“They are proving incapable of defending our borders or implementing programs such as the school buildings program and the insulation debacle. And they are led by a Prime Minister who is all talk and no action,” he said.

“I look forward to Mr Sekfy justifying that.”

Let the campaigning begin.

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