Ray Sawyer dances with Nadine Sullivan.
Ray Sawyer dances with Nadine Sullivan. Barry Leddicoat

Dance teacher puts the moves on Clive's election bid

CLIVE Palmer will have to work on his moves with a former dance teacher also putting up his hand to stand for the seat of Fairfax.

Ray Sawyer, who ran Maroochydore's Backbeat Dancing two years ago, has been endorsed by the Katter Australian Party to run for seat held by retiring MP, Alex Somlyay.

Mr Sawyer said he had "always had an interest in politics" and felt the Coast had not been heard for "too long".

While he lives and works in Brisbane, he has many close links with the region and would move up if elected.

"My wife, Suzie, is from the Coast and we have many friends and family there," he said.

The couple helped raise money for the Hear and Say Centre charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars.

Mr Sawyer said he joined Katter's Australian Party in January as he "likes the idea of representing my community".

Burning issues for him are lack of infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast, particularly the single railway line to Brisbane.

"This really impacts on the people on the Sunshine Coast who travel regularly," he said.

"It used to take my wife three hours to come down (from the Coast) to Brisbane."

Mr Sawyer said that while he may become known as the "dancing politician", he promised to never "side-step" an issue of importance.

He said he viewed dancing and politics as "almost the same".

"The style of dance we did 10 years ago changed over time and politics has to as well," he said.

He hoped to bring three points of difference to the Coast - he wanted to be a "voice for the community" in Canberra; to tackle major infrastructure issues and work with local businesses in cutting the red tape and major cost factors.



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