Former Page MP Janelle Saffin is returning to politics to try and wrest back the seat she lost to the National Party in the last federal election.
The popular Labor politician, who held Page for six years, says she’s driven to regain the seat by the passion she has for the region and its communities.
This morning Ms Saffin will unofficially launch her comeback campaign by two public appearances in Lismore accompanying federal shadow minister for vocational education Sharon Bird.
At 10am at Lismore TAFE Ms Bird and Ms Saffin will speak at Lismore TAFE, where staff and students are concerned about dramatic cuts to staff and courses and the sell-off of campus buildings which have sparked continuing protest.
Then at 4pm the two will speak at the Skills and TAFE Forum at the East Lismore Bowls Club.
Ms Saffin, who was defeated at the 2013 election by the Nationals’ Kevin Hogan, told media she was prepared for a tough campaign ahead of next year’s election.
‘I’ve done it before, three times, it’s never an easy task so I take nothing for granted but my commitment and passion for our region, our area, all the things I’ve worked for and all the things I’ll continue to work for, drive me to want to do this,’ she told the ABC.
Ms Saffin defeated Mr Hogan at the 2010 election, but then suffered a 7.2 per cent swing against her in 2013.