National Party's Stephanie Ryan has been endorsed by the party at a preselection, to run for the Euroa electorate.JARROD WHITTAKER February 20, 2014 9:58am
Strong endorsement: Newly-selected National Party candidate for Euroa Stephanie Ryan with Deputy Premier of Victoria and leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan.
Newly-minted National Party candidate for Euroa Stephanie Ryan has hit the ground running, visiting fire-affected areas near Kilmore on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was endorsed by the party at a preselection held in Euroa on Saturday.
Ms Ryan said part of her job would be reconnecting with outer-suburban communities in the newly-created electorate.
‘‘We’re now asking for people to vote for us who haven’t voted for us in a long time, ’’ she said.
‘‘We have a message to get across that the Nationals don’t just stand for our traditional agricultural base, even though they’re at our heart.
‘‘We stand for all of regional Victoria.’’
The seat of Euroa was created during last year’s boundary redistribution to replace the seat of Benalla.
It covers Euroa, Violet Town and Benalla in its north-east.
To its west it takes in Stanhope, Rushworth and Heathcote.
The south end of the electorate includes Seymour, Broadford, Kilmore and Wandong.
The Nationals nationally hold the seat by 13.6 per cent, according to ABC election analyst Antony Green.
Ms Ryan said it was important the Nationals were ‘‘out and are seen in the southern end of the electorate’’.
‘‘I’m committed to being on the ground and winning those towns that voted Labor and Liberal at the last election, ’’ she said.
Ms Ryan was raised on a Murchison dairy farm and has previously worked in media in northern Victoria.
She now works as an adviser to Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh.
Ms Ryan has previously worked for former premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.
She said her ministerial experience left her well-placed to represent the electorate.
‘‘Half of government is knowing where to go and get things done for your community, ’’ she said.
‘‘I very much understand our traditional base, but I also believe I can appeal to those who live in the new electorate but who are working in Melbourne.’’
Ms Ryan overcame former Nationals Senate candidate Martin Corboy to secure preselection.
Nationals state president Peter Schwarz said Ms Ryan’s preselection showed the party accepted the need for generational change.
‘‘Stephanie joins the new generation of Nationals that are firmly committed to building a better future for our regional communities, ’’ Mr Schwarz said.
‘‘She is passionate and committed and the people in the new Euroa electorate can rely on her to work tirelessly on their behalf.’’
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