Jalopy the way to meet voters

Jennifer Podesta in her campaign car “Jen’s jalopy” yesterday. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Jennifer Podesta in her campaign car “Jen’s jalopy” yesterday. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

FIRST there was Cathy McGowan’s Indi van, then there was Bill Tilley’s bus ... and now here comes Jen’s jalopy.

With the Victorian November election drawing ever closer, it’s the season once again for the candidate’s accessory du jour, the campaign car.

Labor candidate for Benambra Jennifer Podesta yesterday launched her self-described “jalopy” — a hatchback with “a lot of character” that will clock up a lot of kilometres over the next few months.

“It’s not a bus but it’s a lot more fuel efficient,” she joked.

The car is in fact her own private vehicle, touched up with the right advertising on the side, and Ms Podesta says the plan is to visit several towns each week between now and November.

“One of the keys to being a good local member is getting out and meeting people,” she said.

With opinion polls this week pointing to a Labor election win, Ms Podesta said she wasn’t assuming that would translate to Benambra, where a swing of about 9 per cent would be needed to topple Bill Tilley.

“It will come down to how hard I work,” she said.

“I think people are quite distrusting of politicians, and all politicians need to regain that trust and respect.”

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