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Exclusive: Labor's candidate for Calare is midwife Sarah Elliott

A screenshot on Sarah Elliott's sparse Facebook page.

By Peter Holmes

It's taken a while, but the Australian Labor Party has finally locked in a candidate for Calare in the federal election on May 21.

The delay in declaring the candidate has caused frustration amongst some progressive voters in Calare, who have watched independent Kate Hook's campaign build up steam in recent weeks.

The Orange News Examiner learned from various sources late Sunday night and early Monday morning that Sarah Elliott had been finalised as the candidate charged with unseating the Nationals Andrew Gee.

The Labor Party was planning to reveal Elliott as the candidate this week.

Gee has an enviable buffer of 13.3 percent, but is facing a well-organised campaign from "teal" independent Kate Hook, who has a strong focus on climate change.

The candidates named so far are Gee, Hook, Greens' Kay Nankervis, One Nation's Stacey Whittaker and United Australia Party's Adam Jannis.

Elliott - who works as a community midwife around Lithgow - added a new profile picture to her Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

More to come.


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