For­mer mayor con­fi­dent of win

Whitsunday Times - - STATE ELECTION 2017 | NEWS -

JENNIFER Whit­ney had a sim­ple and di­rect mes­sage on a mall walk­a­bout with Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party founder Bob Kat­ter this week.

Al­though she dropped into the Whit­sun­day race rel­a­tively late, courtesy of a parachute jump in Septem­ber, Ms Whit­ney be­lieved there is a groundswell of sup­port for her to win the keenly con­tested seat on November 25.

“I def­i­nitely be­lieve I can win the Whit­sun­day elec­torate and by win­ning we will be able to form the bal­ance of power and there­fore have some weight in get­ting ben­e­fits and ac­knowl­edge­ment of our area,” she said.

“Our party is about the com­mu­nity, then the party. It’s about hav­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who ac­tu­ally rep­re­sents the com­mu­nity, who lis­tens, talks with them and acts for the com­mu­nity so that the Whitsundays truly has a voice.”

De­spite be­ing ousted by An­drew Will­cox in the last Whit­sun­day may­oral race, Ms Whit­ney said it’s a whole dif­fer­ent ball game with the new elec­torate bound­aries.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity that I’m rep­re­sent­ing now which has a re­gional and busi­ness fo­cus, which is ex­actly the ideals of the Kat­ter’s party and ab­so­lutely the ideals that I sup­port.”

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OUT AND ABOUT: Jennifer Whit­ney and party founder Bob Kat­ter in Mackay this week.

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