The electoral district of Wagga Wagga is located within Southwestern NSW. The seat covers all the City of Wagga Wagga and Lockhart Shire, and the parts of Snowy Valleys council surrounding Tumut.
According to 2016 Census data, Wagga Wagga has:
A population of 76,536 (46,614) voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,358 enrolled);
A lower than average median age at 37;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 15.4% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,309 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Wagga Wagga was first created in 1894. Except for the period 1904-1913 and 1920-1927, the seat has existed ever since. The seat had been held by the Liberal Party since 1957, however independent Joe McGirr won it in by-election in 2018.
Wagga Wagga has been held since 1999 by Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, however he resigned from the Liberal Party in July 2018 after admitting that he had sought payment over a property deal at an ICAC hearing triggering a by-election.
Wagga Wagga is a sore point for the Government. Traditionally held by the Liberals, the brand is tarnished in the electorate following the resignation of disgraced former MP Maguire. The Liberal Party has seceded from the area and their junior Coalition partner - the Nationals - are now fielding a candidate in 2019
Joe McGirr (IND)
McGirr is an independent candidate for Wagga Wagga in the 2019 election, and the current member.
McGirr won the seat in a 2018 by-election, after Liberal MP Daryl Maguire resigned. McGirr came second to the Liberal candidate by only 28 votes, and was elected on Labor preferences. McGirr previously contested the seat in 2011 and received 30.6% of the first preference vote.
McGirr comes from a political family, with his grandfather Greg McGirr being a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly, Deputy Premier and Labor Leader. His great-uncle, James McGirr, was the Premier of New South Wales.
Prior to being elected to the NSW Parliament, McGirr was a physician and associate dean of the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Mackenna Powell (NAT)
Powell is the Nationals candidate for Wagga Wagga in the 2019 election.
Powell grew up on a grain and sheep property west of Wagga, the daughter and granddaughter of farmers in the Riverina and she has two daughters of her own who grew up in Wagga Wagga.
Powell is actively involved in the community, working with a long list of organisations including Women in Business Wagga Wagga, Wagga Business Chamber, Women in Construction and has worked on charity appeals including the Wagga flood appeal in 2012. Powell works as an Area Manager for WFI Insurance.