O'Connor voters to choose from nine candidates

Liberal candidate Rick Wilson was raised on his family's farm in Katanning and has worked on the farm with his brother for 25 years.

He and wife Tanya moved from Katanning to Albany in 2015. Mr Wilson said small government and reduced bureaucracy, a higher standard of health, aged care and education services in the regions, and improving the communications network were some of the key areas he had focused on since entering parliament.

Australian Labor Party candidate Shelley Payne is an engineer and the mother of three teenage children.

She is an Esperance Shire Councillor and the only female candidate running for the seat of O'Connor.

Mrs Payne said a Shorten Labor Government would drive down the cost of cancer specialists, boost Medicare rebates for diagnostic imaging, take real action on climate change, provide a pensioner Medicare dental plan, cheaper child care and restore funding to public schools and hospitals.

The Nationals candidate John Hassell described himself as a 55-year-old farmer who had been involved in agricultural advocacy for about 20 years.

Mr Hassell said he would fight for an even better GST deal for WA.

The Great Australian Party candidate Nick Robinson works in IT support in a variety of roles as a consultant and previously ran a small business.

"I finally found a party worth supporting and put up my hand to run for The Great Australian Party," he said.

Australian Greens candidate Nelson Blake Gilmour said O'Connor would be at the forefront of the monumental transitions Australia must make.

"There is opportunity in transformation and the Greens' policies provide a clear path forward."

Mr Gilmour said the benefit of this transformation would be a future for all with clean jobs, no dirty money in politics and universal healthcare.His priorities include water, land and food security, cost of living, health, mental health and aged services.

United Australia Party candidate Anthony Fels was born and schooled in Esperance.

Mr Fels said he wanted to replace FIFO workers with permanent residents in all towns.

"We also want to reward everyone in regional towns with a 20 per cent lower tax rate than those in the city," he said.

Australian Christian Party candidate Ian t'Hart is a Christian school teacher and Albany local. He has been married for 20 years.

"We need to support single income families and stay-at-home mums who desire to nurture children to become hard-working citizens of our great country," he said.

Mr t'Hart said he would do his best to lobby the Federal Government to improve road infrastructure and access to health and education services.

Western Australia Party candidate Peter Swift was a Shire of Waroona councillor.

He said WA experienced high cost of electricity, water, stamp duty, and taxes because the state did not get a per capita share of the GST.

"Our party will be fighting for an extra $2 billion of GST per year to drive down the cost of essential utilities for WA households and businesses," he said.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate Dean Smith said the party's policies would help all communities in O'Connor.

"We want to put Australians' money back where it belongs, in your pocket and in your towns," he said.

Mr Smith said the best way to address the many issues O'Connor voters faced was to listen to the communities.

This story Nine to face voters first appeared on The Esperance Express.