Mercury (Hobart)

TV anchor shifts seat

- PATRICK GEE

FORMER Seven Tasmania news presenter Jo Palmer has been unanimousl­y endorsed as the Liberal Party’s candidate for this year’s Rosevears Legislativ­e Council election.

Ms Palmer, who hosted her final broadcast last week, was announced as the Liberal candidate yesterday.

She said she was “excited by the opportunit­y to serve my local community within the government” after reading the news for 24 years.

“I am passionate about increasing community pride, community participat­ion, and local jobs and small business growth,” Ms Palmer said.

“I have chosen to join the Liberal Party because it is consistent with my personal values including supporting families, and that hand-up opportunit­ies that offer far greater longterm benefit than a hand-out.”

FORMER television news presenter Jo Palmer has thrown her hat in the ring to become the next Legislativ­e Councillor for the Rosevears division, less than a week after her final broadcast.

Mrs Palmer was joined by Premier Peter Gutwein yesterday to announce she would run as the Liberal Party candidate for the electorate in this years’ periodic election.

Rosevears runs along the west side of the Tasmar River from Prospect to Greens Beach, and includes West Launceston, Trevallyn, Riverside, Legana, Exeter and Beaconsfie­ld.

Mrs Palmer said she had lived in the division for 42 years. She said she had been considerin­g the move into politics for the past two months and had not taken the decision lightly.

“I’ve had to walk away from a career that I loved,” she said.

“I hope that reflects the sincerity of my intentions to stand in this seat, and also the great respect that I have for the community of Tasmania and for my former work colleagues, that never was I going to allow the two to cross over.”

Mrs Palmer said the community could be assured she remained impartial as a journalist, despite planning to become a Liberal.

“I had to firmly shut the door on my media career to make sure that there was nothing that would reflect badly on a newsroom, on a news team that I have loved and been devoted to for 20 years, and to have a clean slate and then put my hand up.”

Mrs Palmer said she was passionate about increasing community pride, community participat­ion, local jobs and small business growth.

She said she was “delighted” when the Premier appointed himself Minister for Climate Change, and said she would use personal experience, empathy and compassion when deciding on legislatio­n such as euthanasia.

Mr Gutwein said Mrs Palmer had been a trusted voice for northern Tasmania and the rest of the state for more than 20 years.

“She fits very well with the values of the Liberal Party and, importantl­y, she’ll fit well with the values of the people of Rosevears,” he said.

“She is a hard worker, she has integrity and I’m sure that she will represent them well.”

Liberal Party State President Rod Scurrah said Mrs Palmer was unanimousl­y endorsed as the Liberal Party’s candidate for the election.

Periodic elections will be held for Huon and Rosevears this year, most likely in May.

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