La­bor picks new can­di­date for seat

Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Greig John­ston

LA­BOR has se­lected Tania Lawrence, a se­nior man­ager at Wood­side, as its new can­di­date for the Dar­ling Range by-elec­tion on June 23.

The seat be­came va­cant af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of former La­bor MLA-turned in­de­pen­dent Barry Urban, who was found to have lied about his back­ground.

La­bor ini­ti­tally picked Colleen Yates as its can­di­date for the seat but she with­drew last month af­ter she mis­rep­re­sented her ed­u­ca­tion record on her LinkedIn pro­file.

Now the party has pinned its hopes on Ms Lawrence, who lives within the elec­torate on a prop­erty in Mun­dar­ing.

She has served in the pub­lic sec­tor, in­clud­ing in emer­gency re­sponse man­age­ment and counter-ter­ror­ism.

Ms Lawrence and her hus­band are small busi­ness own­ers and ac­tive mem­bers of their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She was also the first West Aus­tralian and first woman pres­i­dent of Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia and is a pas­sion­ate mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast.

“Tania’s record speaks for it­self; she will be a strong voice in my govern­ment," Premier Mark Mc­Gowan said.

“As a lo­cal res­i­dent, with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, Tania will be an ef­fec­tive lo­cal Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for this com­mu­nity.

“My govern­ment has a big job-cre­at­ing agenda for the Dar­ling Range elec­torate and I want Tania lead­ing the way as we de­liver on that agenda.”

Ms Lawrence said she was putting her­self for­ward to be a strong voice for her com­mu­nity.

“I live in Mun­dar­ing and love the lifestyle and op­por­tu­ni­ties our re­gion has to of­fer," she said.

“My com­mu­nity de­serves to have a strong lo­cal voice in the Mc­Gowan La­bor govern­ment, and as a Mun­dar­ing lo­cal I am putting my­self for­ward to be that voice.

“The Mc­Gowan govern­ment is get­ting on with de­liv­er­ing the projects and ser­vices our com­mu­nity needs – like the By­ford rail line, fix­ing Denny Av­enue, a new pri­mary school in By­ford, bet­ter health ser­vices and com­mu­nity safety ini­tia­tives.

“I will be an ad­vo­cate for my com­mu­nity in the Mc­Gowan La­bor govern­ment – a strong, lo­cal voice stand­ing up for what re­ally mat­ters.”

Tania Lawrence.

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