Today, Labor announced David Ewings as its candidate in the New England by-election on Saturday 2 December 2017.
David was Labor's candidate at the 2016 Federal election and said then that his commitment to the electorate was a long-term one.
"Our local community has been taken for granted by Turnbull and his loyal deputy Barnaby Joyce for far too long," David said.
"Our kids are finding it harder than ever to find a job, electricity prices are out of control, and waiting times to see a doctor are getting longer.
“The Libs with the vocal support of the Nats have butchered the NBN. New England needs someone who puts local residents and local families first,” he said.
“As a former serviceman, I know that when your community needs you – you show up.
“There is no doubt that this is going to be a mammoth fight; but this is our community’s chance to send Turnbull a message that he can’t take regional Australia for granted.”
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon said the by-election was a chance for New England residents to send a message on behalf of all Australians.
"The message they need to send is that they are sick of the chaos and dysfunction in Canberra, they are tiring of the lack of vision and policy direction, and they are over the cuts to health and education services," Mr Fitzgibbon said.
"We will be campaigning all the way to December 2. We will give people a choice between Malcolm Turnbull's tax cuts for the wealthy or Labor's plan for health, education and job security."
David served in the Royal Australian Air Force and has worked in the coal mining and steel industries.
David lives in Scone with his fiancé Bec.