IT guy Anderson hopes to unseat Clive Palmer for Labor
LABOR will use the same strategy at the next federal election that nearly gave it the seats of Glass House and Caloundra at the state election in January.
It has endorsed Nambour father of two Scott Anderson in Fairfax, where he will take on the LNP's Ted O'Brien and sitting member Clive Palmer of the Palmer United Party.
Mr Anderson, 27, an IT client support officer who commutes to Brisbane daily, said Labor was running to win the seat.
He said it would deploy a full grassroots campaign that would argue the region has been ignored for three decades and that the economy was now paying because of it.
"There were good swings to Labor in the state campaign,'' he said.
Mr Anderson, who attended Mountain Creek state and high schools and has a solid small business knowledge, said he had a good understanding of community expectations.
He said he joined the ALP three years ago because he felt its values corresponded with his own of equality, a fair go and standing up for those weaker than yourself.
"There are a lot of issues in Canberra with the current government working for its own self-interest and that of a select few,'' Mr Anderson said.
"The community needs representatives willing to fight for the people they represent.
"People want to be listened to and engaged in the political process.
"There's a lot of pessimism. After the disaster of the LNP state government people are sceptical about politicians.''
Mr Anderson said he would work to convince the electorate it could have representatives who put the community ahead of special interest groups.
"The electorate of Fairfax has been ignored for the past three decades with year after year of conservative representation," he said.
"The people of our region are crying out for basic infrastructure and services yet our local member has delivered nothing but rhetoric.
"I'm humbled by the opportunity to stand for Labor at the next federal election, for a chance to represent Fairfax and ensure that the concerns of the Sunshine Coast are heard loud and clear at a federal level."
The Labor Party has also endorsed small business owner Lucy Stanton as its candidate for Wide Bay.
Ms Stanton has lived with her partner at Boreen Point for the past 16 years.
She ran for Labor in Wide Bay at the 2013 election and secured 20.71% of the primary vote and 36.84% after distribution of preferences.
ALP Queensland secretary Evan Moorhead said Ms Stanton would look to build on those numbers.