Labor have announced Wayne Sanford will run for the seat of Forrest, WA in the 2019 federal election against current MP Nola Marino and Greens candidate Nerilee Boshammer.
Mr Sanford, was born in Collie and has lived in the South West for most of his life serving 16 years as a Shire of Collie councillor, which included six years as the shire president.
He has held positions with the South West Development Commission and the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance for a number of years.
Having worked in the mining industry for 37 years, Mr Sanford said he was passionate about delivering jobs and economic opportunities to the people of the Great Southern and South West.
This week, Labor announced a $12.2 million to upgrade Collie Hospital, and that Bunbury would be the first site for establishing a National Telestroke Network.
The network would use state of the art technology to link stroke victims in regional Australia to stroke experts in city hospitals - meaning better diagnosis, care and health outcomes.
Labor announced it would also reverse Scott Morrison's $14 billion cuts to public schools - cuts which have a particular impact on students in regional Australia.
Mr Sanford said he was excited about the opportunity, as the ALP candidate for Forrest, and to put myself before the electors as a credible person to represent them in the Federal Parliament.
"We need to build sustainable communities and regions by having profitable, strong and successful industry and business, employing people in secure and well paid jobs," he said.