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2023 NSW Election: Hunter candidates eye off state prize

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Will Liberals leader Dominic Perrottet remain Premier or can Labor’s Chris Minns upset the applecart?

We’ll get an answer to that question when Hunter voters head to the polls this weekend for the 2023 NSW Election on Saturday 25 March.

NSW is divided into 93 state districts, with residents electing one person to represent their electorate in the Legislative Assembly.

They’ll also vote for 21 of the 42 members of the Legislative Council.

In the Hunter, five of the nine electorates being contested – Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter and Wallsend – boast seven candidates, representing a variety of parties, from One Nation to The Greens, the Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption to the Shooters Fishers and Farmers.

However, only four are vying for the seat of Charlestown, the least amount of challengers in the region.

While it’s predicted most incumbents will prevail, there’s still a chance of one of two surprises when counting ends.

Those eyeing off another successful term include Clayton Barr (Cessnock, Labor), Jodie Harrison (Charlestown, Labor), Greg Piper (Lake Macquarie, Independent), Jenny Aitchison (Maitland, Labor), Tim Crakanthorp (Newcastle, Labor), Kate Washington (Port Stephens, Labor), Yasmin Catley (Swansea, Labor), Dave Layzell (Upper Hunter, The Nationals) and Sonia Hornery (Wallsend, Labor).

But, no matter your political preference, don’t forget it’s compulsory to vote, with fines for those who fail to do so.

2023 NSW Election candidates listed in ballot paper draw order:

CESSNOCK

  • Fenwick, Andrew (Legalise Cannabis Party)
  • Barnham, Ash
  • Jones, Graham (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)
  • King, Quintin (One Nation)
  • Davies, Victoria (Animal Justice Party)
  • Nairn, Llynda (The Greens)
  • Barr, Clayton (Labor)

CHARLESTOWN

  • Harrison, Jodie (Labor)
  • Antcliff, Jack (Liberal)
  • Rolfe, Marie (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)
  • Watkinson, Greg (The Greens)

LAKE MACQUARIE

  • Lesage, Jason (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
  • Piper, Greg (Independent)
  • Gore-Escalante, Felipe (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)
  • Beer, Joshua (Liberal)
  • Ryan, Steve (Labor)
  • Grierson, Kim (The Greens)

MAITLAND

  • Knox, Campbell (The Greens)
  • Cooper, Michael (Liberal)
  • Turner, Neil (One Nation)
  • Ferguson, Sam (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)
  • Lee, Alex (Independent)
  • Dryden, Daniel (Legalise Cannabis Party)
  • Aitchison, Jenny (Labor)

NEWCASTLE

  • Mackenzie, John (The Greens)
  • Triebsees, Thomas (Liberal)
  • Leka, Niko (Socialist Alliance)
  • Claydon, Tim (Legalise Cannabis Party)
  • Crakanthorp, Tim (Labor)
  • Taylor, Freya (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)

PORT STEPHENS

  • Buckmaster, Michelle (Animal Justice Party)
  • Jensen, Jordan (The Greens)
  • Ketas, Angela (Informed Medical Options Party – IMOP)
  • Washington, Kate (Labor)
  • Errington, Nathan (Liberal)
  • Watson, Mark (One Nation)
  • Jelfs, Beverley (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)

SWANSEA

  • Ellis, Alan (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)
  • Foord, Heather (The Greens)
  • Anderson, Megan (Liberal)
  • Catley, Yasmin (Labor)
  • Jackson, Paul (Liberal Democrats)

UPPER HUNTER

  • Lonergan, Tony (The Greens)
  • White, James (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
  • Layzell, Dave (The Nationals)
  • McNamara, Dale (Independent)
  • Watson, Peree (Labor)
  • Lillicrap, Tom (Legalise Cannabis Party)
  • Blair, Calum (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)

WALLSEND

  • Watkins, Rebecca (The Greens)
  • Nolan, Anna (Animal Justice Party)
  • Di Girolamo, Pietro (One Nation)
  • Hornery, Sonia (Labor)
  • Starrett, Joshua (Independent)
  • Pull, Callum (Liberal)
  • Akers, Paul (Sustainable Australia Party – Stop Overdevelopment/Corruption)

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