Join­ing the race

In­digo Shire mayor to run for state seat

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­dia.com.au

JENNY O’Con­nor will step down from her role as In­digo Shire mayor at the end of the month to con­test the up­com­ing Vic­to­rian State Elec­tion.

She will run as an in­de­pen­dent for the seat of Be­nam­bra, join­ing fel­low in­de­pen­dent Jac­qui Hawkins and La­bor can­di­date Mark Tait in chal­leng­ing Lib­eral in­cum­bent Bill Til­ley.

Ms O’Con­nor launched her cam­paign in Wodonga yes­ter­day af­ter a re­cent de­ci­sion to run for the state seat for a sec­ond time.

“I ran as a mem­ber of the Greens in 2010 and got about 11 per cent of the votes which wasn’t too bad,” she said.

“How­ever, like most peo­ple in the com­mu­nity I’m pretty fed up and dis­il­lu­sioned with party pol­i­tics so I left the Greens and have been an in­de­pen­dent mayor for two years now.

“It’s very clear to me that the com­mu­nity doesn’t want lead­ers that are caught up in in­ter­nal party pol­i­tics they ac­tu­ally want peo­ple that will work for their com­mu­nity and that’s what I will do.”

Ms O‘Con­nor has been one of In­digo Shire’s seven elected coun­cil­lors since 2010 and mayor since early Novem­ber 2016.

She will step down from her role on Oc­to­ber 30 but will re­main as a coun­cil­lor.

“It took me a while to get to this point where I was pretty cer­tain that peo­ple are gen­uinely look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive can­di­date and sec­ondly that I can win this,” she said.

“I think peo­ple are ready for a change in Be­nam­bra, Bill (Til­ley) has been in the role for 12 years and I just keep hear­ing that peo­ple are ready for some­one new.

“Some­one who is go­ing to work re­ally hard for their com­mu­nity and I think I have shown that in my role on coun­cil.

“As Suzanna Sheed has done in Shep­par­ton where she has at­tracted over $600 mil­lion in in­vest­ments since she won that seat at the last elec­tion, I want to see the same thing hap­pen for Wodonga and other towns in Be­nam­bra.”

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