Battle for Dawson begins
THE Federal election has not even been called but the Greens Party has already pre-selected a candidate for the seat of Dawson.
Jonathan Dykyj, who stood for the state seat of Whitsunday earlier this year, will be contesting the Federal election when we go to the polls - either this year or next year.
He is no stranger to the federal arena, having previously run against current Dawson MP George Christensen, Family First candidate Damian Herrington, Citizens Electoral Council candidate Bill Ingrey and Labor's Mike Brunker in August 2010.
Mr Dykyj says it is a desire to give people a genuine alternative that keeps him coming back.
"I'm doing this because I believe in it and I think the Greens have the best way forward," he said.
With the Federal election not expected before October 2013, Mr Dykyj has plenty of time in which to mount his campaign. "I didn't want to just show up a few weeks before the election. I believe you've got to be out there consistently campaigning and continually engaging with the community," he said.
Mr Dykyj says the Greens have the community's core issues at heart.
Current Federal MP George Christensen said it was good to see Mr Dykyj in the race. He also believes Labor has now opened nominations for the Dawson seat.