Christian Democrat first on ballot

The ballot draw has been conducted for the upcoming Cootamundra by-election with the Christian Democratic Party’s Philip Langfield landing the top position. 

He will be followed by Greens candidate Jeffrey Passlow, who lives in Stockinbingal. 

Harden’s Matthew Stadtmiller from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party is in third place. 

Jim Saleam is next, followed by Cootamundra resident Charlie Sheahan for Country Labor and the NSW Nationals’ Steph Cooke. 

All are hoping to fill the shoes of former Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson, who represented the NSW Nationals. 

With just over two weeks to go until the Saturday, October 14 election date, most candidates have been vocal on the issues which matter to them. 

From Cowra where he was at the office of the returning officer for the ballot draw, Mr Sheahan issued a statement making it clear that this election, to him, is about sending the Nationals a message.

“Cootamundra needs someone who understands our community and who will fight for local jobs and better aged care, especially home care; someone who will fight against the cuts to local health and police, against cuts to schools and TAFE and against sky rocketing electricity prices,” Mr Sheahan said. 

Meanwhile, also from Cowra, Mr Stadtmiller commented on social media following the draw: “I'm at position three on the ballot paper. Bring on October 14!”

Pre-polling opens on Monday, October 2, running until Friday, October 13