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The Nationals endorse Josh Angus as their candidate for Hunter as competition grows for the seat

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The National Party has endorsed Josh Angus as their candidate for Hunter as competition grows for the seat in the upcoming Federal Election. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the election last week to be held on May 18.

Josh Angus is a Hunter Valley cafe owner and recently stood as The Nationals Candidate for Cessnock at the recent NSW Election securing a swing of 3 per cent against the Labor incumbent Clayton Barr.

“I’m very excited to build upon what I’ve started here in the Hunter,” 

“I intend to campaign for the good of the people locally, not the good of the Labor Party machine.”

“There are a lot of people in the Hunter who are employed either directly or indirectly by the coal industry, and we need to protect those jobs,” Josh Angus said.

“But at the same time, I know our farmers are feeling anxious about these online activists who turn into offline pests. As a National, I believe in job security for our miners, but I also wanted to see tough laws that target people who want to trespass on farmland.”

“Our local member has had an easy ride and that stops now,” Mr Angus said.

“I know this is a tough fight, but the people of the Hunter deserve someone who’ll fight for them, not mates in Canberra.”

His priorities headed into May include mental health and roads including the Muswellbrook and Singleton bypass but also the continuation of the Hunter Expressway.

"If you're coming fromSingletonn towards Kurri or Cessnock you can get off at Branxton or Kurri but you can't get off at Lovedale or Greta and the land is already there ready to go, ready for it to have those exits and that entry coming Singleton bound and I'd really like to see that happen," said Josh Angus.

Meantime other candidates have also come forward including Stuart Bonds for One Nation, Janet Murray for The Greens, Paul Davies for the United Australia Party and sitting member Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon.

Image credit: Josh Angus