The race for the seat of Murray is looking to be a nail-bitingly close contest between the Nationals and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
It's been a Nationals seat for 34 years, but recent polling obtained by The Area News shows that Shooters' candidate Helen Dalton has a very real chance of seizing the throne from Nationals incumbent Austin Evans.
Smelling blood in the water, Shooters Party leader Robert Borsak came down to Griffith on Wednesday to help promote Mrs Dalton and announce their policies for the seat.
He said Murray would be the key electorate in the state election, one that could make or break the next government.
The Coalition only needs to lose six seats to lose power and they're already polling behind on five of them, potentially making Murray the last line of defence.
“If they lose this seat it puts Helen in a position where she will be able to be the person that makes the decision on who holds government in NSW,” Mr Borsak said.
If the Nationals lose their stronghold and Mrs Dalton gets elected, she claims she will be able to hold the balance of power alongside the other minor party members and independents.
“Every key vote will need my support to pass," Mrs Dalton said.
“I won’t support either side until they guarantee an immediate funding boost for rural schools and hospitals.”
Now that the prospect of a Shooters seat in Murray is a very real possibility, Mrs Dalton has begun detailing her plans for the seat if elected.
Her election platform will be incentive packages to attract doctors, nurses and teachers to Griffith.
“At the moment, nearby Leeton and Darlington Point teachers get all the perks, so nobody in their right mind would want to come to Griffith," Mrs Dalton said.
“Armed with the balance of power, I’ll be able to change that.”
Also on her list of election promises will be a fix to Lake Wyangan, an upgrade to Griffith airport, and cuts to payroll taxes.
She will be releasing more of her economic plans in the coming days as the date of the election on March 23 looms. Until then, all of the candidates will be campaigning tirelessly to win over the people of Murray.
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