The race is on for Page

THE race to decide on a Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Page is officially on, and there's not a celebrity recruit in sight.

A pre-selection ballot has been sought, with candidates having until next Thursday to register their intentions. Janelle Saffin and Isaac Smith of Lismore, and Peter Lanyon of Nimbin, are certain starters.

Clarence Valley mayor Ian Tiley and 23-year-old Adam Atkins, who have both expressed an interest in running for the seat, have yet to officially throw their hats in the ring.

Voting for the candidates will be held on Saturday, July 14. Candidate Janelle Saffin, who spent eight years in the NSW Parliament as an Upper House member of the Carr Government, yesterday reinforced her plans to concentrate heavily on getting a better deal for the Clarence Valley.

Ms Saffin said saving the Clarence River, improving health care across the Valley and the push for a new Grafton Bridge would be high on her priority list as the Member for Page.

"I have a solid background in community matters and I will regard it as a privilege and a pleasure to serve the people of the Clarence Valley," she said. "I'm well aware of the issues in the Clarence Valley and intend to tackle them."

Ms Saffin was instrumental in setting up the North Coast Community Housing project and is a founding president of the breast screening program.



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