New Labor candidate Reece Byrnes with Richmond MP Justine Elliott.
New Labor candidate Reece Byrnes with Richmond MP Justine Elliott. Blainey Woodham

New man chosen for Labor

THE Labor Party has announced 22-year-old Reece Byrnes as its candidate for the seat of Tweed for the March 26 state election.

Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot announced the candidacy in front of Mr Byrnes’s former school, Tweed River High School, yesterday.

During his campaign launch, the university student, who lives with his parents at Banora Point, said he understood the issues facing the average person on the Tweed.

He proclaimed he was “a man with vision, a man who knows what he wants for the Tweed”.

No major campaign issues were outlined, but Mr Byrnes said he would fight for resources on the Tweed and was committed to social justice, fairness for families and jobs.

“In the next few weeks there will be more announcements with regards to what’s specifically going on in the Tweed,” he said.

Mrs Elliot said she met Mr Byrnes while campaigning during last year’s federal election.

“I met him and his family while I was door knocking in Banora Point. He volunteered his time during the campaign and joined the party,” she said.

Mr Byrnes said he did not believe launching his campaign only six weeks out from the election had damaged his chances. Asked how confident he was of success in his first tilt at the polls, he said he expected the campaign to be “difficult”.

Mrs Elliot said the party was proud to have him as a candidate.

“He is committed to fighting for issues that are important to locals,” she said.

For those sceptical of his age, Mr Byrnes said: “Age doesn’t make a difference when it comes to love. And my love for the Tweed doesn’t have anything to do with my age.”



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