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SA Election Candidates Hammond, Heysen, Kavel & Finniss

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All the candidates for your electorates in one place before you decide on March 17.


Liberal – Dan Cregan

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Dan Cregan is a local solicitor and respected community leader who has the skills and energy to deliver for the Adelaide Hills.

Working with local community groups such as the Mount Barker Football Club, Hungry-no-more, the Show Society and the Hans Heysen Foundation, Dan knows that it is organisations like these and the people who are part of them that make Kavel such a great place to live.

Known for his energetic approach, Dan is active in the community, listening and working with people on the issues they care about. Dan will fight to get Adelaide Hills communities their fair share of infrastructure and services. He is determined to see our roads improved, sporting facilities upgraded and hospitals equipped with the services they need.

  • Opening a Service SA Centre in Mt Barker
  • Investing in aged care and health by re-opening Kalimna, building a new nursing home, supporting 24-hour doctor services and enhancing paediatrics at Mt Barker Hospital
  • Re-configuring the Nairne intersection for safer and easier access

Labor – Glen Dallimore


I have lived in the Adelaide Hills for over 20 years, during this time I have been employed at one of the nation’s top ship builders. In this role I have gained hands on experience fighting to create local jobs as part of the campaign to get more ship building and submarine jobs here in SA.

I have spent the last few weeks since being preselected talking directly to voters in the hills, listening to the issues that matter to them like;

– ensuring jobs are our number one priority
– cheaper power and more renewable energy.
– investing in our schools
– providing high quality health care services

Locally I have advocated for positive improvements to our area like improving our roads, and hazardous intersections.

SA Best - Andrew Stratford

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Andrew is the SA-BEST candidate for the seat of Kavel, in the Adelaide Hills. He is a tireless worker within the local community, and is keen to represent his people.

In 1989, Andrew, along with his late wife, Robyn, and their 3 young daughters, packed up their belongings and made the move from their country home at Millicent, in the South-East, to the hills township of Woodside. There, Andrew and Robyn purchased the local newsagency and quickly settled into the local community. Their daughters all attended the local pre-school, primary school and then went on to Oakbank Area School. In following the interests of their children, Andrew became involved with the Onkaparinga Swimming Club, the Woodside Netball Club and the Mount Pleasant Pony Club.

Andrew has strong links to the local community. He was a board member at Mt Barker GP Care and at Adelaide Hills Regional Development, and was a chairperson for the Adelaide Hills Road Safety Group. He has contributed to many fundraising events across the district through sponsorships from his business activities and has donated his time and skills as a well-known MC to many country events.

As a local business person, Andrew was also very active with the Woodside Commerce Association and a regular volunteer for the annual Christmas Parade. He was elected as a ward councillor on the Adelaide Hills Council in 2003, and is a current sitting member of the Adelaide Hills Council.

He is currently the sales manager for Freedom Pools South Australia, the chairperson of the Adelaide Hills Swimming Centre, and is still involved with many sporting and community associations.

Greens – Ian Grosser

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I share the Greens values of a fairer and more equal society and sustainable environment and economy. The Greens have clear and comprehensive policies developed democratically by our membership over decades, not policy on the run. We believe that government should act for all people, not just corporations and the rich.
Conservatives – Howard Hollow

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Howard is a highly accomplished senior horticultural and agricultural scientist with management experience in both the government and private sector and has expertise that would be valuable when representing both the people of Kavel and the state.

Howard said if elected by the people as the Member for Kavel he would advocate for families and the community which had been neglected for too long.

Dignity – Cristina Rodert

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I’m a proud local, living in Littlehampton with my family.

We feel very lucky to live in a beautiful part of South Australia. As the SA election is on the horizon, I want to take this opportunity to share some of the work Dignity Party’s Kelly Vincent has been doing.

The SA Disability Justice Plan has come about as a direct result of Kelly Vincent’s work. It is so important that we make sure that justice is available to everyone.

Thanks to Kelly’s work and the implementation of the plan, South Australia leads the way, and other states are looking at following us.

Animal Justice – Louise Pfeiffer

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I’ve been in financial services for 20 years in Sydney and Melbourne, and am currently working as a financial adviser after moving back to Adelaide in 2015 and establishing my own practice here.

  • Remove the subsidies associated with the meat and dairy industries, incorporate economic externalities into their cost by way of a health and environmental tax.
  • Be part of the solution to our most pressing issues: climate change, the suffering of animals, and the health costs in our society.



Liberal – Adrian Pederick

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Adrian was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in 2006 as the Member for Hammond.

Prior to entering politics Adrian held several jobs in the agriculture industry, from owning and operating a dry land and grazing enterprise including a commercial Poll Herefords operation for 14 years to being a local shearer in the South East for over a decade.

Adrian was raised in a generational farming family on the family property at Coomandook in the State’s Murray Mallee region, where he still resides with his wife Sally and two sons, Mack and Angus.

Adrian was a primary instigator in the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee in to Grain Handling and Storage in 2011, and is now an active committee member on the Select Committee for Sustainable Farming Practices.

  • $7 million to upgrade the Murray Bridge Hospital emergency department
  • Increasing exports, including a plan for a freight only airport in Murray Bridge
  • Addressing mobile phone black spots

Labor - Mat O'Brien

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Mat was born and raised in Elizabeth, the son of a life-long Holden worker, Mat knows first-hand the importance of a sustainable manufacturing industry to South Australian families.

After working his teenage years in retail and out at Roxby Downs, Mat moved to Murray Bridge, signing up as a young Correctional Officer at Mobilong, where he continues to work today.

Mat is an active member of the Public Service Association and volunteers as the worksite representative on behalf of his work mates.

Mat has achieved further qualifications in fitness and health, and also operates a small fitness business out of Murray Bridge.

In his spare time, Mat spends time with his high-school sweetheart and wife Kelly, and their four children.

SA Best – Kelly Gladigau

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Kelly is part of a 4th generation farming family. Together with her husband Travis and five children, they are producers of potatoes, cereal crops, sheep and cattle on their Cowirra and Perponda properties. With this background, Kelly naturally has a genuine interest in issues and concerns of primary producers in South Australia and understands first-hand the pressures facing families and small businesses throughout the electorate of Hammond.

Kelly is also a Registered Nurse and after completing her Bachelor of Nursing degree has worked throughout the area for the past 15 years. This has enabled Kelly to be at the coalface of health services and as a result makes her well qualified to make a stand for regional community needs.

Rural living, and experience in the farming and health sectors, ensures that Kelly will be a strong advocate for rural communities who will help strengthen local communities to grow and be sustainable. Kelly also has an energy and passion that will make her a valuable member of the SA-BEST team that is committed to families, the vulnerable, small businesses and organisations that make the electorate of Hammond unique. Kelly is an active member of a number of sporting clubs and community groups, and is a life member of the Mannum Netball Club.

She is involved in her rural town of Mannum and is a proud and active member of her local community. This keeps Kelly connected to her community and enables her to understand and concentrate her efforts on the most pressing issues that need a clear voice for change.

Greens – Simon Hope

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Protection of our environment should be a central pillar of a modern society. Governments need to understand the essential link, between a healthy environment and the health of society and the economy. Our nationally significant River Murray is in a critical state and must be protected for future generations. A vote for the Greens is a vote for renewable energy and action on climate change. The Greens will invest in preventative health care, mental health and quality education, that is accessible to all regardless of their background and their postcode. We should be investing in our local sports and community clubs that service tens of thousands of people, and provide social and health benefits to our community.

Conservatives – Declan Paton


Declan Paton is an Education Support Officer at Tyndale Christian School as well as an avid photographer, filmmaker and business owner. He is passionate about his local community, particularly our youth and desires to ensure they are heard and have a voice in politics.



Liberal – David Basham

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David Basham, an experienced dairy farmer near Mount Compass, is the Liberal candidate for the electorate of Finniss for the 2018 State Election.

David has been farming in the area for almost 30 years, and is a member of a pioneer family that settled in the region in the 1840s. He lives on the farm with his wife Kate and daughters Evie and Annabelle.

David has played a prominent role in the national and South Australian dairy industries. For more than a decade he was the President of the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association (SADA), and more recently he was President of the peak national body, Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd (ADF).

David oversaw the development of the SADA Fresh milk brand, now a popular brand on supermarket shelves in South Australia, sales of which support projects assisting the state’s dairy farmers worth more than $500,000 per year.

  • Funding for a playground in Mt Compass
  • Improving safety and traffic flow by installing a roundabout at the dangerous Torrens Street/Crozier Road intersection
  • Providing care and support for those in vulnerable situations by providing funding for Whalers Peninsula Community Association

Labor – Russell Skinner


Born in London Russell emigrated with his family as a child in 1967 and educated in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. He has resided in the South Coast since 2001.

Russell has a background in local government, having served on the inaugural Goyder Council and many Boards and committees in regional South Australia.

Russell has worked in media and financial services and currently works as a Negotiator.

Russell says “It’s often said in the financial industry that past performance is no guarantee of future results. The same is true of a candidate’s background. What’s really important is not where you’ve been but where you’re going, what you stand for, what’s inside of you and what you can do with it’.

Russell and his wife Jan have two adult daughters, Jessica and Emma and one Granddaughter, Evannah.

SA Best - Joe Hill

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Joe is the SA-BEST candidate for the seat of Finniss. He is looking forward to creating greater opportunities for communities across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Joe spent 12 years working for Alexandrina Council where he held management roles in Human Resources and later, Governance and Strategy. During his time with the Council, he valued the opportunity to consult the community on key strategic regional projects such as the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre.

Following his time with Council, Joe spent three years working for an Adelaide based international development company which delivered Australian Aid programs to developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. Programs Joe contributed to included an education program supporting girls in Laos and a neonatal health program in eastern Indonesia.

More recently Joe has been working as the Manager of Constituent Services for Nick Xenophon Team Senator Stirling Griff. Through this role, Joe enjoys the opportunity to work with constituents from right across SA, including the Fleurieu Peninsula, to facilitate positive outcomes. Joe also assists Senator Griff with his work on the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NBN.

Joe has completed a Bachelor of Government and Public Management at Flinders University and a postgraduate qualification in Journalism at UniSA. Joe also studied at Victor Harbor TAFE where he completed a Certificate IV in Financial Services. During his time as a student at Flinders, Joe was selected to participate in an internship program where he spent two months working in the Washington DC office of United States Senator Ron Wyden.

Joe is a life member of the Langhorne Creek Football club having played over 300 games in the Great Southern Football League. Over the years Joe has valued the strong friendships that have been forged with players and supporters from GSFL clubs right across the Fleurieu.

Joe considers the revival of the Finniss Cricket Club as one of his proudest achievements. The Finniss Cricket Club was founded in 1920 but spent 12 years in recession before Joe and a group of enthusiastic locals breathed life back into the club. Joe served 10 years as club president during which time the Finniss Oval and adjoining facilities have been transformed and are now the hub of the revived Finniss township.

His focus now is to give the entire Finniss electorate a breath of fresh air.

Greens - Marc Mullette

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I am a firm believer that our planet needs protecting. I am passionate about equality and social justice, and am committed to helping topple the corporate system that has led to a tragically rigged economy. Rather than sit idle while the status quo doesn’t take into account the future or the health of the Earth and her people, I decided that 2018 was the year to act.

Conservatives – Bruce Hicks


Bruce Hicks was born to a farming family at Penola in the South East and later lived at Frances where he had a mixed family business. Later in his teens, he studied to become a teacher and currently holds a Master of Education. His wife Melita and one of his daughters manage a family business while one of his sons runs a dairy farm on their property. He is currently the Principal of Tyndale Christian School in Murray Bridge.

Bruce believes Australian Conservatives has policies that are an interesting mix of progressive economic and development initiatives while committed to preserving all that is good in Australian society and culture. Through politics, Bruce wants to foster a stable honest government, sensible development and preservation of our wonderful lifestyle for his six children and ten grandchildren.



Liberal – Josh Teague

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A local to the Hills who lives in Bridgewater with his family, Josh uses his broad professional experience to give back to the community.

He is the Honorary Consul of Sweden and has also volunteered in governance for Nature Foundation SA among other community organisations.

Josh is passionate about listening to locals on the issues that matter to them, to make the Hills an even greater place to work and raise a family

Josh is a strong supporter of the Marshall Liberal Team’s Globe Link plan. Globe Link will provide businesses with the competitive advantage they need to get premium local products to international markets, while removing freight trains from the Adelaide Hills and reducing trucks on the South Eastern Freeway.

He has been engaged in the community life of the Hills for many years through local sporting clubs, forming relationships with farmers, bushwalking and involvement at the school of his children at Stirling. This activity gives him a solid understanding of many of the issues facing people in the community.

  • Re-opening Kalimna & building a new nursing home
  • Opening a Service SA Centre in Mt Barker to give Hills residents better access to government services
  • Alternative corridor for heavy freight - removing freight trains from the hills

Labor – Dr Tony Webb


Tony lives in Heathfield. He is active in the SA branch of the Labor Environment Action Network and a strong supporter of State and National ALP policies to tackle the challenge of climate change.

Tony believes that the challenge of climate change has the opportunity to create new jobs using renewable energy technologies that can guarantee energy security, keep prices down and ensure the benefits of the clean energy revolution are shared by the whole community – business, home-owners, and especially people renting or on low incomes.

Tony is a lifelong environmental and social justice campaigner working on a range of issues at community, national and international levels

SA Best – John Illingworth

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John is the SA-BEST candidate for the seat of Heysen. He is excited about the opportunity to represent the people of Heysen.

John joined the South Australia Police in 1979 and served much of his early career at Port Adelaide. Throughout his career he developed an acute understanding the value of a strong community and the benefits of good working relationships with community representatives. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1988, John, his wife Cathy and their new born daughter moved to Port Augusta where John was responsible for managing the Police Prosecution Service. Working with rural and remote communities, including Aboriginal Elders in the APY Lands, provided John with a variety of unique experiences not available in the city.

After returning to Port Adelaide, John left SAPOL in 1991 to work with his father in a family business. During this time John and his family moved to Upper Sturt, where they lived on a bush acreage. Being born at Stirling Hospital, Cathy was keen for the family to grow up in a Hills environment, sending both of their daughters to Stirling Kindy, Crafers Primary and Heathfield High School. After working through the challenges facing small business operators, John rejoined SAPOL in 1997 coinciding with his father moving into semi-retirement.

John then worked as an operational member at Norwood before returning to Prosecution Services, where he was again promoted to the rank of Sergeant. John then became the Officer in Charge of the Police Prosecution Unit at Mount Barker, where he served for several years, before moving to the SAPOL Road Safety Section. John was recognised as Police Officer of the Year in 2012.

John has been an active member of Rotary for many years. He has worked with charities including the Leukaemia Foundation and Movember and has been an advocate for men's health, particularly mental health. John was proud to receive a Mayoral Community Service Award in 2017, as part of National Volunteers Week.

Lynton Vonow - Greens

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My values are clear: sustainable businesses and agriculture, sustainable environments and sustainable communities. I am a supporter of reconciliation with Aboriginal people and particularly focused on endangered species of wildlife, the River Murray and job creation. It is important that we seize opportunities to create jobs for South Australians in the emerging renewable energy and environmental restoration industries.

Conservatives - Lynette Stevenson


Lynette has served in the Australian Army for over 25 years, reaching the rank of Warrant Officer. She has worked as a social programmer for the aged, as a Commonwealth Public Servant, and has continues to farm in South Australia for 23 years. She also holds degrees in both psychology and sociology.

Lynette wishes to enter public office because she sees an injustice in family values being eroded and bureaucracies dissolving individual freedoms. She is passionate about her country and she values the culture and standard of living Australia is known for.

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