Wangaratta resident Jamie McCaffrey is looking for 'sustained change' in new Ovens Valley electorate.TONI BRIENT May 5, 2014 3:37am
Just announced: Jamie McCaffrey will be the Australian Greens Victoria's Ovens Valley candidate in the November election.
Wangaratta City Council officer Jamie McCaffrey will be contesting the newly-created Ovens Valley seat at the November Victorian Government election.
Mr McCaffrey, a Wangaratta resident, has been endorsed by the Australian Greens Victoria party to run in the electorate created during last year’s redistribution of electoral boundaries across the state.
Mr McCaffrey was unavailable for an interview before publication, but issued a statement saying he was pleased to be running as a Greens candidate in Ovens Valley.
The district stretches from Cobram to Mt Hotham, encompassing most of the existing Murray Valley electorate held by the Nationals’ Tim McCurdy.
The Greens won just 4.7 per cent of the primary vote in Murray Valley during the previous election in 2010, while Mr McCurdy won the seat with a 19 per cent margin.
Mr McCurdy was pre-selected as the Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley in February.
But the Greens’ newest candidate said he was prepared for a good contest in November.
Mr McCaffrey has a degree in environmental management and a graduate certificate in planning and environment.
He balances his emergency management work at council with parenting duties.
The family moved to Wangaratta two years ago from Melbourne, but Mr McCaffrey said he was familiar with the area after living in the region during his 20s.
‘‘Returning to north-east Victoria to live in Wangaratta two years ago with my family has rekindled my interest in politics and made clear to me that sustained change of the kind needed for north-east Victoria won’t happen when people sit back and wait for it to happen,’’ the statement read.
‘‘The Victorian Greens’ socially progressive policies on issues such as renewable energy, movement towards containing climate change, public transport and public health initiatives align with my values.’’
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