Port Augusta woman Candace Champion has joined the race for the seat of Grey at the next federal election.
Running as a candidate for The Greens, Candace is described as a passionate and driven young Aboriginal woman who can bring diversity to Australian parliament.
The 32-year-old expectant mother was born in Port Augusta and grew up with a large extended family.
Brought up in a close-knit family, Candace has many fond memories of her childhood growing up on the Eyre Peninsula – especially participating in local sports.
“I was very active as a child and my grandparents, parents, aunties, uncles, siblings and cousins were very supportive of me playing local sports. Basketball and netball mostly,” she said.
“I also travelled around the state representing Port Augusta, Spencer Gulf Region and South Australia. Trips that hold very fond memories.”
While her family has been a large source of inspiration throughout her life, her faith is also something that has had a big influence on who she is today.
Candace’s father was a minister and later on her mother followed suit.
“The church is and has always been a second home for me. Friday night Youth Group and Sunday Church hold special memories,” she said.
She is now an active member of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islanders Christian Congress.
Candace said she was inspired to run for government after witnessing the many issues her family, friends, country, communities and church continue to face.
She is deeply committed to child safety and keeping families together, a treaty with First Australians, and the protection of Australia’s beautiful country and waters.
“By running for the seat of Grey I hope to achieve real advocacy, I will advocate for equality, justice and change. I hope to create positive change in all areas of government and society,” Candace said.
“Win or lose I will run a good race, giving a voice to those who cannot speak up.”
Candace's campaign will focus on protecting local heritage – including to protect the Bight, and to tackle climate change – to power our economy with reliable renewable energy.
Candace is also passionate about cleaning up politics – where corporate donations should be banned and making SA a no nuclear waste dump.
As a young Aboriginal woman, Candace is confident her heritage will be a point of difference in her campaign.
“My Aboriginality gives me perspective, grounding and strong connection to this country and people,” she said.
“I feel my Aboriginality and heritage is an advantage, privilege and something to be celebrated.”
In the future, regardless of any election outcome, Candace sees herself as a mother, family member and a person of faith actively seeking justice for all in her community.