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Claydon big on NBN, jobs and education 

Newcastle’s ALP candidate Sharon Claydon.
Newcastle’s ALP candidate Sharon Claydon.

Newcastle’s ALP candidate Sharon Claydon.

A FIFTH generation Novacastrian and daughter of a Vietnam veteran is the Labor Party’s candidate for the seat of Newcastle – a seat which has its roots firmly ground in Labor values.

Sharon Claydon, 49, has replaced the incumbent [and former employer] Sharon Grierson and will go to the polls with a solid 12.5% margin.

“I have no illusions, this will be a tight race, historically a new candidate will expect a drop in votes, it is my intention to minimise that drop as much as possible,” said Sharon.

“I have a strong connection with the community, including four years as a Newcastle councillor, and stand by my 15-year track record of standing up for the people of Newcastle.”

After graduating from Lambton High, Sharon completed an Honours degree in Anthropology working in Aboriginal communities before moving to the disability service sector.

“I worked in the remote Kimberley region which taught me such life skills as resilience and innovation, and it also drew me to the political sphere. This was also around the time of the Mabo decision and I took an interest in negotiation and co-existence.”

Sharon has identified education reform [“we no longer can stay silent about children missing out on literacy and numeracy standards and providing special needs children with additional resources”]; high speed broadband; and jobs [“Newcastle is poised to become a major provider of clean energy and technology”] as the major issues.

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