BREAKING: Hervey Bay Labor candidate named

After months of speculation and uncertainty from the public Labor has named who will contest the Hervey Bay seat in the upcoming state election.

Past contender Adrian Tantari is throwing his hat in the ring. 

Labor candidate for the state seat of Hervey Bay - Adrian Tantari.
Labor candidate for the state seat of Hervey Bay - Adrian Tantari. Alistair Brightman

The Fraser Coast resident had been announcing his intention to run as far back as December and declaring thousands of dollars on the ECQ gift register but until today Labor had failed to confirm his candidacy.  

Mr Tantari has lived on the Fraser Coast Region for over two decades.

He works for the Department of Local Government, delivering opportunities for regional communities, and promoting the local Hervey Bay region.  

Mr Tantari said he was proud to be part of the Palaszczuk Labor team that's backing Queensland's recovery from the impacts of the global pandemic.  

"The Palaszczuk Government's nation leading health response has kept Queenslanders safe and healthy. It has put the Sunshine State in the best possible position for economic recovery," he said. 

"I will work alongside our Hervey Bay community to reinvigorate local businesses and get Queenslanders back to work.

By supporting small business in the Hervey Bay region, Mr Tantari will build on the Palaszczuk Labor Government's $8B economic recovery plan which is creating local jobs for the community. 

"My focus will be on putting Hervey Bay in the best position for economic recovery." 

Labor have not addressed why it took so long to to field a candidate.

This is Labor's first chance to pit a candidate against an LNP rival who isn't the incumbent in four terms as Ted Sorensen is retiring.

Sorensen took the seat from Labor MP Andrew McNamara.