Murray Bridge drag racer will stand as Nationals candidate
Lisa Sherry, a food scientist by day and race car driver on weekends, will run in the upper house at the 2022 South Australian election.
A Murray Bridge food scientist and drag racer will stand as a candidate for the National Party at the upcoming state election.
Lisa Sherry’s day job is in food security, but she is perhaps best known for her achievements on the drag strip as part of a family well known in motor sport circles.
On March 19, she will serve as the Nationals’ second-ranked candidate in the upper house, the Legislative Council.
The odds are stacked against her ever taking a seat in Parliament – that would only happen if the party won one of the 11 seats on offer at this election, and if misfortune befell lead candidate Gary Johanson.
But she hoped her candidacy would highlight issues including regional education.
“Biosecurity, agronomy, health, veterinarians, environmental outcomes – our regional communities’ longevity and growth is underpinned by science,” she said.
“We need to develop training centres of excellence in the regions.
“Retaining our young people in the regions is critical to our future – they need to be able to develop their careers and complete their training locally.”
The Nationals will also campaign for investment in regional roads and to make motorsport more affordable for participants, among other issues.
It is not the first time the party has have had a local candidate.
Rachel Titley represented the party in the race for Hammond in 2014.
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