ALP chooses candidate to fight Wright

IN THE RUNNING: Sharon Murakami.
IN THE RUNNING: Sharon Murakami. Claudia Baxter

A BOONAH woman has been given the task of overcoming a 20,000 vote margin in Wright at the next Federal election.

Sharon Murakami has been named by the Labor Party as the preselected candidate to compete against LNP incumbent Scott Buchholz.

Ms Murakami is one of the founders of the Scenic Rim environmental group Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire and has lived in Boonah for nearly a decade. She is the current president of the Boonah-Kalbar branch of the ALP of which she has been a long-time member.

Ms Murakami has worked at private, not-for-profit, public jobs as well as in the union movement.

Ms Murakami ran for preselection before the 2010 election where she was eventually defeated following an internal challenge by CFMEU official Andrew Ramsay.

Ms Murakami has a big task ahead of with the LNP's Mr Buchholz defeating Mr Ramsay by close to 20,000 votes. Mr Buchholz received 53% of the vote compared to Mr Ramsay's 28% on polling day.

The next federal election must be held by Saturday, November 30, 2013.

The LNP has announced its preselected candidates in the seats of Oxley and Blair to take on Labor's Bernie Ripoll and Shayne Neumann.

Topics:  australian labor party boonah federal election lnp scott buchholz

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