Who is running for the seat of Macarthur?

Candidates: Clockwise from top left, Dr Mike Freelander, James Gent, Nathan Murphy, Jayden Rivera, Riley Munro and Matt Stellino. Shane Norman not pictured.
Candidates: Clockwise from top left, Dr Mike Freelander, James Gent, Nathan Murphy, Jayden Rivera, Riley Munro and Matt Stellino. Shane Norman not pictured.

There are seven candidates vying for votes in the Macarthur seat this election, which will be held this Saturday, May 18. Macarthur's candidates (in ballot order) are:

JAMES GENT - CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS

James Gent, 49 believes an inquiry into family law court is vital. Mr Gent, who lives in the Penrith area, thinks power prices should be lowered and more social housing should be built in each state. He believes voters are looking to "depart from the two main parties" and promises to "stand up against uncaring energy giants and self-centred career politicians".

Dr Michael Freelander - Labor

Incumbent Macarthur MP Dr Michael Freelander, 66, was elected in 2015. He was a local paediatrician for more than 30 years before entering politics to "make life better for my past patients, their families and the people of Macarthur". Labor's policies for Macarthur include $10 million for a paediatric ICU at Campbelltown Hospital and $50 million for upgrades to Appin Road.

Matt Stellino - Animal Justice Party

Former soldier Matt Stellino is a 32-year-old Campbelltown resident who ran in the state election. He did not respond to the Advertiser's request for comment.

Shane Norman - One Nation

The Advertiser was unable to contact Shane Norman.

Riley Munro - Liberal

Ingleburn's Riley Munro, 24, believes he "can be a great MP for Macarthur, not just a good or good enough one". The disability support worker said investment in infrastructure (including Western Sydney Airport, major road upgrades and the Campbelltown Centre of Sport and Excellence) made Liberal the right choice.

Nathan Murphy - United Australia Party

Leppington's Nathan Murphy is a bricklayer who spent 20 years in the army. He wants to "invest in industry", "protect negative gearing" and "extend tax benefits" for homes and investment properties. Mr Murphy said he wanted to be "the strength people struggling against brutal acts, injustices and oppression need".

Jayden Rivera - Greens

Menangle Park's Jayden Rivera, 25, wants to "protect and rehabilitate our local environment, wildlife and community" and is more determined than ever after running in the state election. He said the region needed "real affordable housing" and smarter, more sustainable development, as well as better public transport.