Labor candidate Tony Gubbins wants to know what voters are thinking, what they want to happen and what they need to make those things happen.
Labor candidate Tony Gubbins wants to know what voters are thinking, what they want to happen and what they need to make those things happen. CHRIS ISON CI

Semi-retired teacher to stand for Labor in Hervey Bay

LABOR has announced its first candidate on the Fraser Coast to take on long-time public servant Ted Sorensen.

Tony Gubbins, a semi-retired teacher, will throw his hat in the ring and stand against Mr Sorensen for the seat of Hervey Bay at the next state election.

"Should I be elected, my priority will be to get out there and talk to the people," Mr Gubbins said.

"I want to know what they're thinking, what they want to happen in this area and what they need to make those things happen."

"I pledge to be a very visible and out-there person."

Mr Gubbins lives in Hervey Bay and has been a member of the Labor party for many years.

"I've lived in several places around Queensland and the local members, whichever party they belong to, have always been visible... since I've lived here I've never seen Ted do anything," he said.

"I got here and I thought nothing is happening, no one's saying anything, no one's speaking up in support of local people and local issues."

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said he worked hard for his electorate and would not be distracted by Mr Gubbins "grubby" personal attack.

"I achieve every day and will continue to do so, without the distraction of someone trying to get a name for himself," Mr Sorensen said.

Mr Gubbins teaches the U-Tech program in Urangan.



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