Voters learnt a bit more about the five people who want to be our next State member at the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Tuesday night.
More than 50 people in the audience and many more viewing online heard the candidates views on campaign funding, 24 hours policing, decentralisation of population and of public service and government departments, migration policy, bringing skilled workers to Dubbo and voting preferences.
National Party candidate Dugald Saunders surprised many when he declared he had nothing to do with the now infamous letter sent to party members that accused Independent candidate Mathew Dickerson of spending half a million dollars on his campaign and called other candidates miscreants.
He also spoke about his desire to deliver projects for the region.
“The Nats have delivered more than a billion dollars in projects and I want to keep delivering as the local member,” he said.
Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence said he is taking his tilt at public office seriously and will make a number of commitments in the lead up to the election.
Mr Lawrence said the bookies and serious pundits all say Labor is a good chance of forming a government and only electing him will give voters the best chance of getting things done.
Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Lara Quealy says agricultural and issues of the land are important to her and her party.
“I guess my main role if elected will be to keep the government honest and make sure they keep their promises,” she said.
Mr Dickerson said he wants to serve the public and thinks the community deserves better than what the National Party has delivered.
The Greens Rod Pryor thinks climate change is the only issue that residents should be worried about.