Shannon Girard to contest Wright for the Greens as election date nears

TAMBORINE Mountain resident Shannon Girard has been selected as the Greens candidate to contest the safe LNP seat of Wright at the next election.

CANDIDATE: Greens candidate for Wright Shannon Girard has put his hat in the ring as an election is expected to be called.

CANDIDATE: Greens candidate for Wright Shannon Girard has put his hat in the ring as an election is expected to be called.

Mr Girard holds a masters degree in marketing and works as a marketing manager in the transport industry.

He previously worked for an agricultural company.

Mr Girard said he believed in the importance of all parts of the Wright electorate covering over 7500 square kilometres.

"From Logan to the Gold Coast, from the Scenic Rim to the Lockyer Valley, our green spaces are our joint asset and our responsibility - let's protect them for the generations that come after us by tackling climate change and putting in place laws that hinder the destructive activities of big developers," he said.

Mr Girard said the major parties failed to tackle cost of living pressures in the areas of health, education, housing, electricity, childcare and lack of local job opportunities.

"The people of Wright have been taken for granted for far too long. We need universal health care that includes dental and mental health, fair funding for schools, affordable housing and childcare, and a renewable revolution that will reduce our energy bills and create the jobs of the future," he said.

"It's time that politicians put people and our natural environment before profits and short-term political gain."

Greens Senator Larissa Waters endorsed Mr Girard as a hard-working advocate who understands the pressures faced by everyday people.

"We need representatives like Shannon in our parliament who will fight for the interests of our community rather than those of big corporations," she said.

"The Greens are committed to building a better future for all of us, away from the broken-down politics of the past represented by the major parties."

Former Greens candidate for Wright Pietro Agnoletto garnered 7.7 per cent of the primary vote in the 2016 election.

LNP incumbent Scott Buchholz holds the seat with a comfortable 9.6 per cent margin.

Independent Innes Larkin announced he would contest Wright over the weekend.

The Jimboomba Times has attempted to contact Mr Larkin for comment.

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