"They are more like paper candidates": Stadtmiller declares before election

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate for the seat of Cootamundra Matthew Stadtmiller has referred to others running as "paper candidates".

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate for the seat of Cootamundra Matthew Stadtmiller has referred to others running as "paper candidates".

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) candidate, Matthew Stadtmiller, has referred to three others in the race for the seat of Cootamundra as "paper candidates". 

Responding to a question asked by the Cowra Guardian as to why the SFF were asking voters to place a 3 in the box next to Nationals candidate Steph Cooke, despite continued criticism of her party and policies, Mr Stadtmiller said they don't have the other three candidates on the How to Vote cards at all. 

"They are more like paper candidates and that isn't good enough in this election," he said. 

"You must be out fighting for the people."

The candidates Mr Stadtmiller is referring to are Jeffrey Passlow (The Greens), Jim Saleam (Independent) and Joseph Costello (Sustainable Australia). 

The SFF have instructed voters to place a 2 next to Country Labor candidate Mark Douglass. 

Mr Stadtmiller said a vote for the Nationals would mean Cootamundra residents miss out. 

"Our policy is to put the Nats last, which is where they have put our communities over the last eight years," he said.

"Only in the last couple of months have we seen a few announcements being made. It's too little too late.

"Announcing a hospital for Cowra with no plan is hollow. The former member was unable to deliver a new police station to tackle crime and either has Cooke. 

"If this seat isn't marginal it will never get what it deserves."