Libs name broth­ers for elec­tion in March


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Pia van Straalen

WEST Aus­tralian’s brief re­prieve from the polls is all but over after State po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­gan to name can­di­dates in the lead-up to the March 11 State Elec­tion.

At the week­end, the State wing of the Lib­eral Party named broth­ers Ju­lian and Jesse Ja­cobs as can­di­dates for Vic­to­ria Park and Can­ning­ton re­spec­tively.

It will be the first foray into State pol­i­tics for Ju­lian and the third for Jesse, who missed out on the seat of Can­ning­ton by less than 150 votes to La­bor’s Bill John­ston in 2013, who has held the seat since 2008.

The pair, both coun­cil­lors, said they would run a joint cam­paign in a bid to re-en­er­gise the re­gion.

“We’re go­ing to have a joint cam­paign com­mit­tee, and try and syn­er­gise on the Ja­cobs brand,” Jesse Ja­cobs said.

The pair would bring a pos­i­tive cam­paign to their seats, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on con­struc­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with all tiers of gov­ern­ment.

“I’m not go­ing to play the pol­i­tics that a lot of State mem­bers and Fed­eral mem­bers have been play­ing up un­til now, which is where they take credit for all the good things that hap­pen in their elec­torate but blame Coun­cil for all the bad things,” he said.

“If I get elected to the seat of Can­ning­ton, I would work with Coun­cil to get things done. A house di­vided against it­self will fall (and) we are all in the same com­mu­nity, so we have to work to­gether.

“As a mem­ber I will be con­struc­tive. I think we need to evolve to see our­selves as one com­mu­nity.”

Ju­lian Ja­cobs said the de­mo­graphic in Vic­to­ria Park, where Ben Wy­att sits, was shift­ing, and he was able to rep­re­sent the di­verse re­gion.

“What I’ve no­ticed is that Vic Park has changed a lot,” he said.

“In the five years I’ve been there, lots of young pro­fes­sion­als (and) lots of fam­i­lies (are) com­ing in,” he said.

“La­bor has held that seat since 1934, so it’s only been La­bor and I feel that after 80odd years it is time for a change… I’m young, I play for the lo­cal foot­ball team and I’m a coun­cil­lor.”

The broth­ers, who grew up in Esper­ance, at­tribute coun­try values to their drive for co­he­sion with com­mu­nity.

Ju­lian Ja­cobs said it had been a key fac­tor in his de­ci­sion to stand for pre­s­e­lec­tion.

“When you look at a politician, gone are the days you look at them and see that they care,” he said.

“Peo­ple want some­one sym­pa­thetic, em­pa­thetic and see peo­ple are strug­gling and I can speak for my­self and Jesse when I say we care about the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Jesse Ja­cobs said he was a vi­able op­tion for Can­ning­ton res­i­dents dis­heart­ened by eco­nomic down­turn.

He said peo­ple were rightly con­cerned about the state of the econ­omy and a Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment was bet­ter suited manag­ing it, while La­bor was no longer the work­ing­class party it once was.

“At the end of the day, you are get­ting a per­son to rep­re­sent you in Par­lia­ment, not a colour… maybe what La­bor rep­re­sented 50 years ago the peo­ple of Can­ning­ton would vote for, but I think if you’re a bat­tler, if you’re do­ing it tough and try­ing to get ahead, we are the peo­ple you should be vot­ing for,” he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Broth­ers Jesse, left, and Ju­lian Ja­cobs.

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