Rob Oakeshott has announced he will run again in Cowper in the 2019 federal election after achieving an 8% swing on a two party preferred basis in 2016 when the seat was won by soon to retire Luke Hartsuyker for the National Party.
By the Editor.
As Mr Hartsuyker is not running at the next election, plus the government’s general unpopularity, could leave the seat open for a strong challenge from the well-known Mr Oakeshott (pictured above) who together with then independent member for New England, Tony Windsor, provided a supply agreement to the Gillard/Rudd ALP Government from 2013-2016..
Mr Oakeshott announced his candidacy today Tuesday 15 January and said he will campaign on a platform of health, education and highways in the regional electorate, which stretches from Port Macquarie in the south to Coffs Harbour in the north.
The seat has been held by the Nationals since 1919 with the exception of just two years in the 1960s.
Mr Oakeshott said in a Twitter video announcement today said that he goes into the race against new Nationals candidate Patrick Conaghan with “eyes wide open.”
“I obviously have thought long and hard about this decision and I go into it with eyes wide open,” he said.
“If I don’t stand, nothing happens in our local area because nothing changes politically but if I do stand, competition is a wonderful thing in politics.
“We are no longer forgotten if I stand as a candidate” Mr Oakeshott said.