TWO years after being the Christian Democratic Party's (CDP) candidate in Riverina at the 2013 federal poll, Keith Pech is putting his hand up in the state arena.
Mr Pech, 53, will stand for the CDP in the seat of Wagga at the March 28 election.
Although standing mainly on a platform of social issues, Mr Pech said he recognised the many concerns people had about the standard of roads in country NSW and the high price of energy.
"You only have to drive around and see the state of the roads here," Mr Pech said.
"That is an obvious issue people can relate to.
"There are billions of dollars spent on roads in Sydney, but to get a couple of million dollars spent in Wagga is a hard slog.
"That is what it seems like, and I'm sure it appears like that to other people."
Mr Pech said Sydney residents also seemed to be able to get very good discounts on their energy bills, which already have lower rates than country energy consumers.
"I don't know why that is, whether it is a lack of competition," Mr Pech said.
Mr Pech said the CDP understood the real issues facing people and could be that alternative voice to the major parties.
"Our electorate is in dire need of a representative who is passionate about the welfare of its people," Mr Pech said.
"We need government that is truly in touch with the values and morality of its people.
"The vast majority of people in the Wagga electorate are Christians.
"We live in a country that is founded on Christian values and beliefs.
"Our legal system is largely based on Judeo Christian values; our value of human life, equality regardless of race, sex or belief are all a result of our Christian heritage."
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