Labor names their field for the 2016 election

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THE LABOR Party has selected its candidates for the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election.

Last night the ACT Labor Administrative Committee endorsed 25 candidates – five for each of the new electorates.

More than 600 ACT Labor members participated in the preselections and a record 35 candidates stood for preselection including a large number of local community leaders.

“This preselection has been a great example of our party’s democratic culture and values,” said ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne.

“Thirty five members put their hand up for preselection and ballots were held in every electorate. More than 90 per cent of eligible members cast a vote during the preselection process over three voting sessions and after much campaigning from the candidates.”

“This is a diverse and exciting team that delivers a fresh face to ACT Labor while retaining some of the vital experience of the current sitting members” said Andrew Barr.

The candidates by electorate are:


  • Andrew Barr MLA – Chief Minister, Member for Molonglo
  • Joshua Ceramidas – President, Canberra City Resident Association, CPSU organiser
  • Leah Dwyer – Public Servant
  • Richard Niven – Public Servant
  • Rachel Stephen-Smith – Parliamentary Adviser


  • Joy Burch MLA – Member for Brindabella
  • Mick Gentleman MLA – Member for Brindabella
  • Angie Drake – Communications Strategy and External Relations, Icon Water
  • Karl Maftoum – Public Servant
  • Taimus Werner-Gibbings – Parliamentary Adviser


  • Yvette Berry MLA – Member for Ginninderra
  • Chris Bourke MLA – Member for Ginninderra
  • Tara Cheyne – Chair, Belconnen Community Council
  • Kim Fischer – Communications Consultant
  • Gordon Ramsay – Executive Minister, Kippax Uniting Care


  • Rebecca Cody – Public Servant
  • Mark Kulasingham – Public Servant
  • Brendan Long – Senior Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University
  • Jennifer Newman – Solicitor, Blumers Lawyers
  • Chris Steel – Policy Adviser, Early Childhood Australia


  • Meegan Fitzharris MLA, Member for Molonglo
  • Deepak Raj Gupta – President, Australia India Business Council ACT
  • Jayson Hinder – Chairman, Bendigo Community Bank
  • Suzanne Orr – Public Servant
  • Michael Pettersson – Industrial Officer, CFMEU

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