SA Best unveils his ticket to the Upper House

SA Best has picked former Master Builders Association CEO Ian Markos to lead its Legislative Council ticket for the state elections, as it seeks to increase its share of the crossbench for 2022.

Markos, who stepped down as Managing Director of the SA chapter of Master Builders in 2020 after five years as CEO, will be joined by psychotherapist Dr Keyvan Abak at the top of the SA-Best ticket.

The minor party, which currently holds two of the six cross seats in the Upper House, said it hoped to expand its parliamentary team to at least three in the next election.

“In Ian and Keyvan, we have chosen two highly qualified and exceptional candidates with extensive personal and professional experience who are both committed and passionate about the future of our state,” said SA-Best MLC holder Frank Pangalllo. .

“The Crusader MPs will play a major role in the formation of the next state government and the functioning of the next parliament.

“If we manage to win at least one more seat in the Upper House, SA-BEST will become an even more influential political force and a powerful voice for all South Australians.”

Markos is also a former director of SafeWork SA and responsible for health and safety in the UK. He was replaced by Will Frogley as CEO of Master Builders SA in January 2021.

Abak, meanwhile, is an Iranian-born asylum seeker who arrived in Australia in 2000 and became a mental health and addictions psychotherapist who runs his own private practice in Adelaide.

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