New England becomes a three cornered contest

The Greens have announced a candidate for the seat of New England, giving voters in the electorate a choice between three possible Members of Parliament.

Pat Schultz has thrown her hat in the ring, beginning her campaign against National candidate Barnaby Joyce and the 21st Century Australia Party’s Jamie McIntyre.

Ms Schultz ran for the seat in the last election and the State seat of Northern Tablelands in 2011.

The Nationals candidate Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the nomination of a third candidate for the seat of New England. Mr Joyce congratulated  Greens candidate Pat Schultz for having the courage to stand up for what she believed in.

“Ms Schultz appears to be someone who is willing to put her own back to the cart to get things moving,” Mr Joyce said.

21st Century Australia Party founder and candidate for the New England Jamie McIntyre also welcomed the announcement and  said that he is hoping for further candidate announcements in the coming weeks.

The announcement of a third candidate comes as Mr Joyce wraps up the first round of community forums throughout the New England, and Mr McIntyre prepares to launch a similar tour.

Mr Joyce said the listening tour has drawn significant interest, with more than 2100 New England residents turning out to town halls and politics in the pub meetings throughout the electorate.

Mr McIntyre will begin a Q&A Tour next week which will include Guyra. The Guyra event is set down for Saturday August 10 at 6.30pm, at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Mr McIntyre said he is extremely excited for the Q&A Tour which will ensure voters in centres outside Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell are not neglected and have chance to ask their questions and see what is possible with the regional Australia boom.

Jamie McIntyre with campaign manager Cassie Newsome.

Jamie McIntyre with campaign manager Cassie Newsome.