Nick firm favourite to claim Spence seat

LABOR Candidate for Spence and incumbent Wakefield MP, Nick Champion, will never take elections for granted but there is a certain air of confidence about the political veteran going into May 18.

Mr Champion is contesting his fifth election, seeking a fifth term in Parliament since being elected in 2007.

The term ‘veteran’ doesn’t sit overly comfortably with him but he’ll need to get used to it.

“At 47, you’re not young anymore, I’m nearly and you don’t often think of yourself as young when you’re 50,” he laughed.

The change in electorate boundaries has only strengthened his Parliamentary position, with Spence taking in Port Adelaide and losing the northern rural areas formerly of Wakefield to the seat of Grey.

That said, it also meant relocating from his country home at Greenock given it was outside Spence’s borders.

Mr Champion has always maintained his belief MPs should live in their own electorates.

“I am going to miss the country though,” he said.

Locally, Labor is talking up its planned spend in Spence, including a $3 million commitment for a sports precinct in Playford and creating 50 new positions for Centrelink services based at the Northern CBD at Elizabeth.

“Some people I’ve spoken to have been waiting six months for their pension applications to be approved, it’s just not good enough,” Mr Champion said.

He also mentioned voters can visit the party website to reveal planned investment in their respective schools across the electorate.

Mr Champion also has poll position on the Spence ballot paper, closely followed by Liberal, Kathleen Bourne, in second.

United Australia Party’s Ron Fielder (third), Greens’ Daniel Jury (fourth), Animal Justice Party’s Rita Kuhlmann (fifth) and Independent Nathan Herbert (sixth) round out the ballot order.

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