Bundaberg and Burnett residents can vote from today.
Bundaberg and Burnett residents can vote from today. Brett Wortman

FULL LIST: Bundy and Burnett candidates and where to vote

AN ELECTION is coming up soon.

October 31 is just around the corner. 

We take a look at the people who have put their hand up for Bundaberg and the Burnett.

This is not a definitive list of candidates' priorities or promises, but a quick, at-a-glance snapshot of who is running and some of their key points.

Links have been provided to further stories where possible. 

Early voting starts today, from 9am, at the old Blockbuster building on Maryborough St. You can vote from 9am-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday on both weeks of early voting.

There is also an early voting centre at Bargara Central.

Watch the Bundaberg candidates debate here

BUNDABERG

Member for Bundaberg David Batt.
Member for Bundaberg David Batt. Crystal Jones

Incumbent David Batt (LNP)

David Batt has one term under his belt after spending time in the community as a councillor and a police officer. 

His election promises have so far included announcing $100,000 for the Bundaberg Men's Shed, $1 million to fix a stretch of Princess St and $100,000 for more CCTV to target hoons - if the LNP gains power in the next election.

Labor candidate Tom Smith.
Labor candidate Tom Smith. Mike Knott BUN050520TOM8

Tom Smith (ALP)

Mr Smith is a 30-year-old Bundaberg school teacher who says he loves local life and wants to support a world-class education system for Bundy kids. 

He sees health as a main priority, promising to deliver the new Bundaberg Hospital at the preferred site. 

He places safety first with Paradise Dam and improving opportunities in the region.

He is in support of voluntary assisted dying

Legalise Cannabis Qld Party candidate for Bundaberg Ian Zunker. Photo: Contributed.
Legalise Cannabis Qld Party candidate for Bundaberg Ian Zunker. Photo: Contributed.

Ian Zunker (Legalise Cannabis Queensland Party)

Mr Zunker uses cannabis to help treat his multiple sclerosis and chronic pain and says running for the Bundaberg seat was about health advocacy.

Mr Zunker said his life had turned around because of medicinal cannabis and he wanted to create a chance for change by announcing his candidacy.

Claire Ogden in a protest.
Claire Ogden in a protest. Frontling Action on Coal

Claire Ogden (Greens)

Ms Ogden has not yet responded to the NewsMail's calls for general information. 

Ms Ogden is passionate about no new coal and it is believed she lives in Brisbane where she runs a circus school. 

She ran in the previous state election in Clayfield. 

Shane Smeltz in action on the field.
Shane Smeltz in action on the field. DEAN LEWINS

Shane Smeltz (Palmer's United Australia Party) 

Shane Smeltz is believed to be the man on the Bundaberg ballot paper.

While he has not responded to queries for information from the NewsMail, Mr Smeltz is known to be an advocate of the Palmer party, along with his wife Nikki.

Stewart Jones - Pauline Hanson's One Nation 

Stewart Jones has not responded so far to the NewsMail's queries for contact and little information is available regarding his candidacy. 

BURNETT

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett. Geordi Offord

Incumbent Stephen Bennett (LNP)

Mr Bennett's election promises have included $300,000 towards improving Moneys Creek and $200,000 to improve safety at the Walkers Point Boat Ramp. He has also called for action on the port.

Mr Bennett was elected in 2012.

Paul Hudson is running for KAP.
Paul Hudson is running for KAP. Geordi Offord

Paul Hudson (Katters Australian Party) 

Mr Hudson says he wanted to run because KAP's values align with his own

He is passionate about agriculture and water security and is officially endorsed by the Shooters Union

Miriam Vale's Elizabeth Case will run against Stephen Bennett (LNP) and Paul Hudson (KAP) for the seat of Burnett in the state election this month. Photo: IMOParty website
Miriam Vale's Elizabeth Case will run against Stephen Bennett (LNP) and Paul Hudson (KAP) for the seat of Burnett in the state election this month. Photo: IMOParty website

Elizabeth Cole (IMO Party)

Miriam Vale's Elizabeth Case is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party against the incumbent Stephen Bennett from the LNP and Paul Hudson from Katter's Australian Party.

The IMO Party was formerly known as the Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party.

The party's principal platforms include no forced medication, no compulsory or coerced vaccination and no fluoride in water.

Ms Case did not respond to calls for general information.

Ric Glass is running for state government.
Ric Glass is running for state government.

 

Ric Glass (Independent)

Burnett candidate Ric Glass is no stranger to an election.

But the Moore Park Beach local is throwing his hat in the ring again, determined to make public health and combating domestic violence just some of his top priorities.

Liam Johns (Greens)

Liam Johns has not responded so far to the NewsMail's queries for contact and little information is available regarding his candidacy. 

Geoffrey Mansell - (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)

Geoffrey Mansell  has not responded so far to the NewsMail's queries for contact and little information is available regarding his candidacy. 

Kerri Morgan.
Kerri Morgan.

Kerri Morgan - (Labor)

Labor's Kerri Morgan did not respond so far to requests for comment. 

However, the Labor website lists her as having a health background with a Masters in Mental Health. 

The website states that Ms Morgan would be a strong advocate for the Burnett. 

Would you rather see Labor or the LNP win the state election?

This poll ended on 23 September 2020.

Current Results

Labor

40%

LNP

42%

Other

16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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