VOTERS in Wannon electorate will have a choice of eight candidates in the September 7 election.
The Liberals, Australian Labor Party, the Greens, the Australian Christians, the Australian Sex Party, Katter's Australian Party, Family First and Palmer's United Party have all promised to contest the seat.
The seat is held by the Liberal Party's Dan Tehan, who won the 2010 election by a margin of 5.7 per cent.
Mr Tehan said the country had headed in the wrong direction over the past three years.
"People are telling me they are sick of the scandals and chaos and want a government that can put that behind them. That is what the Coalition can do," he said.
"We will get more funding for our roads, ease the cost of living pressures for families and pensioners and scrap the carbon tax."
The Coalition wanted to improve health services and see more doctors and nurses in regional communities, he said.
"We also want to improve mobile phone coverage and create more jobs in rural communities to build a stronger economy."
Mr Tehan said the Coalition had announced $10 million for an integrated cancer care centre in south-western Victoria and $100 million for fixing mobile phone blackspots, during his campaign.
"My view is the Coalition has been out there listening and these policies show we can deliver to western Victoria," he said.
The Australian Labor Party has pre-selected Warrnambool school teacher Michael Barling.
"I've been a supporter of the Labor Party for many years," Mr Barling said.
"I am always telling my students to make a contribution to their community, so when the opportunity to run in the election came my way, I thought I should also make a contribution."
Mr Barling said education was critical for regional electorates.
"Things like the Better Schools Plan is very important to me and will provide a foundation for students to make good choices about what they pursue when they leave school," he said.
"Jobs are another issue, because they are the driver of economic growth in any community.
"Being able to protect jobs and ensure people have good incomes is important."
Mr Barling said he had been campaigning across the electorate since March.
The Greens' candidate is Warrnambool's Tim Emanuelle, who has a background in youth work and local government.
"I'm standing for the Greens to stand up for people and the environment," he said.
"I want to see more education funding without cutting university funding, as well as a more direct approach to renewable energy."
Mr Emanuelle said the main issues he wanted to focus on were education, health care and renewable energy.
"Health is an area I'm really proud of and the Greens have secured $5 billion for dental care, meaning Australian children will be able to get Medicare-funded dental care," he said.
"This is the first step towards a national dental care scheme."
He said people were disappointed with Labor's approach to asylum seekers. "The Greens will take a more compassionate approach to refugees," he said.
Lake Bolac's Therese Corbett is standing for the Australian Christians.
"I've always been very political," she said. "The main issues we are about are euthanasia, abortion and same-sex marriage.
"Families should have a mother and a father and we don't think taxpayers' money should go to special interest groups.
"With euthanasia, we are dead against it. We don't want doctors to go against their oath to heal and restore people."
Chris Johnson yesterday nominated as the Australian Sex Party's candidate.