AFTER months of speculation, Mildura’s Tony Alessi has been preselected as the Labor Party’s candidate for the seat of Mildura.

Mr Alessi is now one of five confirmed candidates for the November 24 Victorian election, and will contest the Mildura seat against incumbent Member for Mildura, The Nationals’ Peter Crisp, independent candidates Ali Cupper and Steve Timmis, and Greens candidate Cathryn Milne.

Mr Alessi grew up on a fruit block at Mildura South, attended Mildura High School and has spent the past 20 years operating a private chiropractic businesses in Mildura. 

Tony said he, his partner and their children have been proud to call Mildura home. 

“Victorian Labor has consistently championed our community’s needs in jobs, health, education, the environment and social justice, and I want to continue that work to make the electorate of Mildura an even better place to live,” he said. 

“I have been proud to support the community already through volunteering for Mildura Rotary International, and I am a Member of the Regional Advisory Council of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and the Mallee Regional Partnerships – both State Government bodies. I am also the Deputy Chairman of Arts Mildura. 

“Through my work in the community I have seen first-hand the challenges facing young people, families, older Australians, people working in changing industries and our farmers. 

“I know that in Mildura Labor will keep working to provide better schools for our kids, more jobs for our growing community, better education and training services to keep people in the workforce, and improved access to health services and childcare.”

Mr Alessi said that Labor, through the Upper House Members for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp and Jaclyn Symes, are delivering for the region.

“I believe if elected on November 24 I can help further deliver for the good people of Mildura,” he said. “I am proud of Labor’s investment in Mildura, but there is plenty of work to do. 

“I want to help ensure that a (re-elected) Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our hospitals, as Labor has done with the Mildura Base Hospital, our schools, as Labor has done in Mildura, Robinvale, Hopetoun, Irymple, Cardross and Merbein, in TAFE as Labor has with our own SuniTAFE Mildura Campus, sporting and community facilities and creating job opportunities like the Mildura Airport Extension Project. We have a growing and changing community here in Mildura, and we need to cater for that growth in our towns while at the same time helping and growing our world-class farming and manufacturing sectors. 

“I believe the Mildura electorate needs a strong voice in Parliament, and I want to be that voice for the people of Mildura. The National Party have taken the people of Mildura for granted for too long, as they see the seat as safe.”

Mr Alessi will host an official campaign launch next Tuesday, September 25, with Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp and Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, to be in attendance. 

A location is yet to be set for the event, with more information available by visiting Mr Alessi’s campaign Facebook page, or by contacting him on 5022 0011.