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Ex-MP pastor will take on Maddern

Recontesting the state seat of Maryborough, Chris Foley announces he is running for the seat of Maryborough at the next State Election.
Recontesting the state seat of Maryborough, Chris Foley announces he is running for the seat of Maryborough at the next State Election. Valerie Horton

POPULAR former politician Chris Foley will come out of retirement and put his parliamentary pension on the line to stand for the seat of Maryborough at the next State Election.

After months of internal debating, Mr Foley announced he will again run against Anne Maddern for Maryborough as an independent.

Yesterday the Chronicle spoke with Mr Foley in his family home overlooking the Mary River about his plans to stand again.

"It was one of the hardest decisions of my life," he said.

In his nine-year reign in Maryborough he once held a margin of 69% - however that dwindled over the years until he was narrowly defeated by 170 votes in 2012 by Ms Maddern.

Since March 2012 Mr Foley has quietly been painting, spending time with his family and reigniting old passions.

But the self-confessed "old dog" said he still had fight in him, and he wanted to represent Maryborough again. "I still have a lot to contribute to the community," he said.

Mr Foley, who is also a pastor, said he decided to run again because Maryborough was being left behind and not represented.

"Maryborough has gone off the radar and the only way it gets back on the radar is to have someone in Parliament constantly challenging the ministers."

If Mr Foley is elected he risks losing his parliamentary pension if legislation changes - but that doesn't bother him.

"I never went into it for the money in the first place," he said. "I don't need a job now - my only motivation is to say, this is a city I've lived in for a long time that has been really good to me."

He said he wasn't scared to stand up for the electorate and didn't tow a party line.

"I only have one agenda and that's to fight for Maryborough."

Ms Maddern was on the front foot against Mr Foley's claims.

"I am happy to provide anyone who wishes, a three-page list of positive outcomes for the Maryborough electorate," she said. "As for Mr Foley's comment that I don't stand up to the Ministers - the truth is that I don't need to.

"As a Government we work together to bring about the best outcomes for this electorate."

Topics:  anne maddern chris foley maryborough



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