Thirteen candidates confirmed to run for federal seat of Bendigo

The ballot draw in progress. Picture: Blair ThomsonTHIRTEEN candidates will run for the federal seat of Bendigo.
Nanjing Night Net

The candidates were confirmed at a ballot draw at the Australian Electoral Commission office in Hargreaves Street about noon on Friday.

National’s candidate Sarah Sheedy received first spot on the ballot in the draw. Labor’s Lisa Chesters will appear second and the Liberal Party’s Greg Bickley with be third.

Thirteen isthe highest number of candidates to runin the electorate for several years.

Retiring sitting member Steve Gibbons has held the seat of Bendigo since 1998, having won the last five elections.

He increased his margin with a swing of 3.4 per cent at the 2010 ballot, but eight candidates are now making a bid for the seat.

Voters will go to the polls in 22 days.

Order of candidate names drawn for ballot:

Sarah Sheedy, Nationals

Lisa Chesters, Labor

Greg Bickley, Liberal

Lachlan Sade, Greens

Charlie Crutchfield, Australian Sex Party

Alan Howard, Family First

Rod Leunig, Country Alliance

Daniel Abikhair, Save the Planet

Matine Rahmani, independent

Sandra Caddy, Rise Up Australia

Anita Donlon, Palmer United

Stephen Stingel, Katter’s Australian Party

Ewan McDonald

Candidate names in order of nomination:

Lisa Chesters, Labor

Lachlan Sade, Greens

Ewan McDonald, Australian Christians

Greg Bickley, Liberal

Anita Donlon, Palmer United

Rod Leunig, Country Alliance

Sarah Sheedy, Nationals

Charlie Crutchfield, Australian Sex Party

Sandra Caddy, Rise Up Australia

Alan Howard, Family First

Stephen Stingel, Katter’s Australian Party

Daniel Abikhair, Save the Planet

Matine Rahmani, independent

MORE TO COME…

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