Kiama MP aiming to stand on record

Voters in the Kiama electorate can look forward to a 13-month state election campaign with both Liberal and Labor candidates now endorsed.

The ALP at the weekend endorsed Gerroa barrister and father of two Glenn Kolomeitz, 46, as its candidate for the election in March next year.

Sitting MP Gareth Ward was endorsed unopposed as the Liberal Party's candidate last November.

Mr Ward said he welcomed all-comers.

"This forthcoming election gives residents the opportunity to judge me on my record, such as the $900 million secured for the future of the Princes Highway including the Berry bypass," Mr Ward said.

"We have also made important investments in local hospitals, schools and transport facilities.

"So far, I have secured record investment of around $1.5 billion since becoming the Member for Kiama.

"Having grown up, lived and worked in the electorate my entire life, I am passionate about having a strong representative in State Parliament.

"I believe we have done a lot, but there is a lot more to do."

Mr Ward said he was delighted his Labor opponent had said he wanted to have a "clean campaign".

Mr Ward defeated Labor's incumbent MP Matt Brown at the 2011 state election, winning 57.5 per cent to Mr Brown's 42.5 per cent on a two-candidate preferred basis.

The Kiama electorate's boundaries will shift south at the next election, taking in a larger part of Shoalhaven City, where Mr Ward was a councillor.

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