All you need to know about the Macquarie Fields candidates

Anoulack Chanthivong (clockwise from main), Stephen Eagar-Deitz, Mick Allen, Zahurul Quazi and Scott Singh.
Anoulack Chanthivong (clockwise from main), Stephen Eagar-Deitz, Mick Allen, Zahurul Quazi and Scott Singh.

Six candidates are vying to be placed in the top spot on your ballot paper this Saturday, March 23.

Labor incumbent Anoulack Chanthivong is Sportsbet's near-unbackable favourite to retain the seat, with odds of $1.01, while Keep Sydney Open candidate Scott Singh is considered the least likely to win the seat with odds of $151.

The seat has been held solely by Labor representatives in the 21st century.

Anoulack Chanthivong - Labor (incumbent)

Anoulack Chanthivong has held the Macquarie Fields seat since taking over from former - beloved - MP Dr Andrew McDonald in 2015. He beat ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer with 58.1 per cent of the vote (two-party preferred) and a margin of 8.1 per cent.

The Glen Alpine resident formerly served as Campbelltown mayor and spent more than a decade on council.

Since in office, he has campaigned relentlessly for the improvement of parking resources at Leppington and Edmondson Park train stations and to save Hurlstone Agricultural High School at Glenfield from development.

The 41-year-old's biggest campaign issue, however, is 'stop the squeeze'.

"Our local area has had enough of the Liberal government's overdevelopment agenda, which has led to more congestion, overcrowding of our schools and hospitals and destroyed our green open spaces," he said.

"NSW Labor will put local communities and people first."

Mr Chanthivong was born in Laos and grew up in Raby. He graduated from the University of Sydney and London School of Economics.

He has a young daughter, Audrey, with his wife Anna.

Mr Chanthivong has odds of $1.01 to retain the seat, according to Sportsbet.

Zahurul Quazi - Liberal

University lecturer Zahurul Quazi has wanted to "contribute to positive change" for as long as he can remember - that's why the 53-year-old is running for the Macquarie Fields seat.

The Macquarie Links resident said development in the electorate was one of his primary concerns.

"We have to make sure development is matched by infrastructure," he said.

"I will fight for increased investment in our roads and transport infrastructure to match the growth and provide a safe environment for our residents."

Mr Quazi is second favourite to win the seat, with odds of $14.

Mick Allen - Independent

Mick Allen has run in every state election since 1990, and 2019 is no different.

The Glenfield resident describes himself as "more green than Greens" and is campaigning for a variety of environmental issues.

"The Georges River needs to be cleaned up," he said.

"When I was growing up you could swim in it and drink the water.

"Not enough is being done about climate change."

Mr Allen said if he was elected he would hire homeless and long-time out-of-work locals as his office staff.

He is paying $21 to win the seat.

Stephen Eagar-Deitz - Greens

Free education, affordable housing and reducing violence against women form the core of Stephen Eagar-Deitz's campaign for the seat of Macquarie Fields.

The Currans Hill resident has served in various levels of law enforcement in his career, including being an arson investigator, risk manager and private investigator.

He believes the biggest problems in Macquarie Fields are housing affordability, renters' rights and transport.

"I strongly believe the NSW government needs to ensure equality when distributing funds throughout various communities, to ensure the people of Macquarie Fields have transport and education which is free or at a reduced cost," he said.

Sportsbet has him paying $51 to claim the seat for the Greens.

Scott Singh - Keep Sydney Open

The bookies might have him last placed to win, but Keep Sydney Open's Scott Singh has drawn first place on the election ballot.

The 26-year-old Glenfield resident doesn't consider himself a politician, but his views aligned with that of his young party.

Keep Sydney Open's priorities include concerns around Sydney's nightlife (they are against the lockout laws), culture, transport and drug policy.

Mr Singh said public transport was one of the biggest problems for the Macquarie Fields community.

"I think the lack of 24-hour transport is a real issue," he said.

"Not only for people who want to enjoy Sydney's nightlife, but also those who depend on it as a source of income.

"It's quite telling of the current government's outlook on non-conventional work hours when there is no proper infrastructure to support these people."

Mr Singh is paying $151 to win the seat.

Syed Ahmed - Independent

Independent candidate Syed Ahmed, from Macquarie Fields, did not respond to the Advertiser's questions before deadline. Sportsbet has him at $31 to win the election.