Libs name brothers for election in March
PAIR PLANNING JOINT CAMPAIGN
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.
Brothers Jesse, left, and Julian Jacobs.