Australian Labor Party candidates for Camden Council announced

ALP: Cindy Cagney, Tom Gersbach, Wendy Underwood, Aoife Champion, Craig Storkey, Ashleigh Cagney, Paul Farrow, Sally Quinnell and Harry Stait-Gardner.
ALP: Cindy Cagney, Tom Gersbach, Wendy Underwood, Aoife Champion, Craig Storkey, Ashleigh Cagney, Paul Farrow, Sally Quinnell and Harry Stait-Gardner.

The identities of the ALP’s Camden Council candidates have been revealed.

Paul Farrow, Sally Quinnell and Harry Stait-Gardner will contest the south ward, Ashleigh Cagney, Aoife Champion and Craig Storkey will contest the central ward and Cindy Cagney, Wendy Underwood and Tom Gersbach will contest the north ward.

Camden resident Aoife Champion was the Labor candidate for Hume in the 2016 federal election.

She said the council election four years ago had changed the area’s ‘political landscape’.

“There had been a sort of gentlemen’s agreement many years ago that council would not become political, but when the Liberal party lodged a ticket they changed that,” she said.

“There are still independent candidates running, which is great, but people are now expecting a party presence.”

The ALP campaign launch party held on Sunday, July 31 at Camden Golf Club attracted more than 100 people.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and former Labor opposition leader Mark Latham attended the event.

Ms Champion said the party’s motto, Putting Communities First, was at the forefront of candidates’ minds.

“All of the decisions made by council should be in the community’s best interest,” she said.

“Our ALP ticket and whole branch brings a great deal of experience and community grounding.

“We all love and are proud of our unique community.”

This is the first time that Camden voters will have the chance to vote for officially endorsed Labor candidates when council elections are held in September.

Ms Champion said the party had policies and methods to address issues affecting the Camden area.

“We understand the history and heritage of the area but we are also a progressive bunch so we can see the future of the region as well,” she said.

“We have a very collaborative approach.

“We will bring a lot of experience, optimism and know-how to council.”