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TOP DRAW: Greens candidate Jamie McCaffrey (left) drew number one spot on the Ovens Valley ballot, Australian Country Alliance candidate Julian Fidge number two, Nationals’ Tim McCurdy number four and Independent Ray Dyer number five. Labor’s Gail Cholosznecki (inset) – who did not attend – drew the third spot. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

GREENS’ candidate Jamie McCaffrey won top spot in the Victorian state election ballot draw for the Legislative Assembly seat of Ovens Valley in Wangaratta on Friday afternoon.

The 45-year-old Rural City of Wangaratta emergency management project co-ordinator rode his bike to the Victorian Electoral Commission’s district office in Norton Street and made sure that his lunch-break coincided with the draw.

“I guess it’s better than drawing last spot on the ballot paper,” Mr McCaffrey said.

Wangaratta doctor, decorated former Army doctor and former rural city councillor Julian Fidge – who with all other councillors was sacked by former Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell in 2013 – drew second spot.

Dr Fidge wore his heart on his shirt – a pale-colored fabric that sported embroidery above the pocket naming the party for which he is a candidate: Australian Country Alliance.

Labor’s Gail Cholosznecki – whose listing on Labor’s website names her as ‘Member for Ovens Valley’ when no one has yet been elected to the new seat – was the only candidate absent from the draw.

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