Jessica Price-Purnell is the new Nationals candidate for Cessnock in the upcoming NSW election.FOLLOWING Angry Anderson’s withdrawal as the The Nationals candidate for Cessnock, Jessica Price-Purnell – currently working as a policy adviser for NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli – has been selected as the new candidate.
She was named the new Cessnock candidate after the Central Executive of The Nationals met on Tuesday morning.
The Nationals state director Ben Franklin said Ms Price-Purnell would be “a fantastic advocate for the people of The Hunter”.
“Jessica grew up in regional NSW, worked in regional NSW and gets country people – she’s just the representative the people of Cessnock have been crying out for,” Mr Franklin said.
“The Nationals are passionate about delivering the representation the people of Cessnock deserve, after decades of neglect from successive complacent Labor MPs.”
Ms Price-Purnell grew up on the South Coast.
In addition to working for Adrian Piccoli she has also had roles with National Australia Bank and Regional Development Australian Northern Inland.
Ms Price-Purnell said she was looking forward to working for the Cessnock electorate: “I want to be their voice within government, to get the investment in local roads, hospitals, schools and law and order that the region deserves,” she said.
Cessnock Electorate Council chair Peter Carver said he is delighted with Ms Price-Purnell’s selection.
“Jessica is a go-getter – I can’t wait for her to hit the ground campaigning and give the people of Cessnock a Member of Parliament who will fight for them,” Mr Carver said.
Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson had been preselected as a candidate for Cessnock for The Nationals in September last year, but last Saturday released a statement indicating that he had decided to withdraw for personal reasons.
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