Nick announces Roger Bryson as running mate - 22 October

Roger Bryson – the Manager of Adelaide’s iconic Central Market is Nick Xenophon’s running mate in his Senate bid.

Roger is also an ordained Baptist Church Minister – and was the senior Minister of the Flinders Street Baptist Church from 2001 to 2006. He has also worked at senior levels in the welfare and business sectors. From 1990 to 1997 he was Director of Communications for Mission Australia. Before that he was the Manager of the Industrial Division and the Auctioneer for Colliers International.

The two were introduced to each other five years ago by World Vision CEO Tim Costello, who is a close friend of them both.

Under electoral laws an Independent Senate candidate cannot appear ‘above the line’ without at least one running mate. (And even then only a letter of the alphabet – determined by a draw of candidates on 2 November – will appear next to the allocated box above the line.)

Nick Xenophon said:

“Roger Bryson brings a fantastic wealth of experience from both the business and welfare sectors – I’m privileged that he’s agreed to be my running mate.  Anyone who can successfully juggle these two professions is in good stead to handle the Senate.”

Roger Bryson said:

“I look forward to the challenge of running for the Senate with Nick. I really want to get him over the line, and being above the line will certainly help.”  

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