Six candidates in the seat of Lyne are vying for your vote when the country goes to the polls on Saturday.
The 16,099 square kilometre electorate has gained areas north of Maitland after a boundary realignment saw the northern part of the Paterson electorate become part of the seat.
This left the National Party stronghold with an area from Ballengarra in the north to Lorn and Karuah in the south. The southern boundary follows the Hunter River from Greta to the junction of the Hunter and Paterson rivers at Raymond Terrace and then flows below Karuah to the coastline.
Labor candidate Peter Alley drew the first position on the ballot paper. He worked in the IT, banking and finance industries for 25 years and wants children to have a high quality education. He also wants a strong healthcare system and no cuts to Medicare.
Greens candidate Julie Lyford, a former registered nurse, councillor and mayor, has extensive experience in local government and held many positions in the community. She wants a transition to a renewable economy.
Christian Democratic Party candidate Elaine Carter is standing on biblical principles and wants to stand up for farmers and ensure scripture is taught in schools. She is retired and the wife of a Baptist pastor.
Independent Brad Christensen wants to fix roads and infrastructure and help get the economy rolling. The former small businessman is now an agricultural assistant at a high school. He says employers need to train young people.
Lyne MP and Nationals candicate Dr David Gillespie wants to continue to build on the Coalition’s record investment in roads and infrastructure, and continue to improve critical infrastructure, communications, public transport and help small businesses thrive.
Independent Rodger Riach wants to help fix the economy, create jobs and utilise government-hired equipment that is sitting idle across the electorate. He wants the diesel subsidy stopped and is worried about the country’s debt. He says his grandkids won’t afford a house.