Joining the race
Indigo Shire mayor to run for state seat
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.”