OPPOSITION front bencher Jo-Ann Miller has formally welcomed Steve Leese as the ALP candidate for the seat of Lockyer in the state election, which Premier Campbell Newman must call by mid-2015.
Mr Leese said he was a 40-year-old married Regency Downs resident, who teaches special ed in an Ipswich school.
"My job gives me a good idea what is needed in education and health care in this state," Mr Leese said.
Ms Miller said Lockyer residents were suffering because of cutbacks in health and employment and voters in Lockyer will have a stark choice when it comes to the next state election.
"I am pleased to say the Labor Party has endorsed special-school teacher Steve Leese as its candidate for Lockyer for the coming election," Mrs. Miller said.
"As a teacher Steve knows the importance of education to the future of our state and the way it can open up opportunities for people of different talents and capacities.
"When it comes to the next election the people of Lockyer will have a clear choice. They can support the LNP incumbent who has sat idle as his own government sacked up to 20,000 people, slashed frontline services and laid the groundwork for selling off every part government activity it can get its hands on or they can vote for Steve Leese who will stand up for the local communities.
Ms Miller said the Newman Government had already cut about 4,400 jobs from hospital and health services across the state including about 1,600 nurses.
"About 76 jobs have been cut in the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service region including 44 nursing positions," she said.
Also confirmed last week as a candidate in Lockyer was Dave Neuendorf, who will represent Katter's Australian Party, having stood for them in the last Federal election.
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