Sheed keen to get on with it

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Mo­ments af­ter be­ing de­clared the re­elected State Mem­ber for Shep­par­ton Suzanna Sheed in­di­cated she was in pol­i­tics for the long haul and in­tended to run again in 2022.

Be­fore a small crowd at the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s Be­nalla Rd of­fices, Ms Sheed last week gave a short vic­tory speech fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion.

‘‘Four years ago, I stood here as some­one who had no in­ten­tion of a ca­reer in pol­i­tics, (but) I think for all of those who thought an in­de­pen­dent couldn’t do any­thing the writ­ing’s on the wall and the money’s in the bank,’’ she said of her first term in par­lia­ment.

A sec­ond term would al­low Ms Sheed to con­tinue her legacy and she was look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the re­gion again.

‘‘I’m re­ally pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to take for­ward so many things that we’ve al­ready achieved and to pro­mote so many of the other things that need at­tend­ing to in the Shep­par­ton dis­trict.’’

In his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity as VEC elec­toral man­ager, Mick Bas­tian for­mally an­nounced Ms Sheed as the win­ner of the strongly con­tested race.

‘‘Un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Elec­toral Act 2002 I de­clare Suzanna Sheed duly elected as a mem­ber to the leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly of the par­lia­ment of Vic­to­ria for the elec­toral dis­trict of Shep­par­ton,’’ Mr Bas­tian said to the as­sem­blage of cam­paign work­ers, sup­port­ers and VEC staff.

Only two can­di­dates at­tended the an­nounce­ment, Ms Sheed and run­ner-up, Lib­eral’s Cheryl Ham­mer.

‘‘Con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing re­turned to rep­re­sent the elec­torate of Shep­par­ton,’’ Ms Ham­mer said to Ms Sheed, while thank­ing her own cam­paign team.

Listed by the num­ber of first pref­er­ence votes, the Green’s Nic­kee Free­man re­ceived 997, Shooter’s can­di­date Mur­ray Wil­la­ton, 3314, La­bor’s Bill Heath, 4769, Na­tion­als’ Pe­ter Sch­warz, 5380, Ms Ham­mer, 10 964 and Ms Sheed with 15 851 votes.

On a two-can­di­date-pre­ferred ba­sis af­ter pref­er­ences were al­lo­cated, Ms Sheed tri­umphed over Ms Ham­mer with 55.32 per cent of the vote to 44.68 per cent.

Ms Sheed thanked a long list of sup­port­ers, op­po­nents and the VEC staff.

‘‘I re­gard the com­mu­nity as my party, and when it comes to elec­tion time there were so many vol­un­teers who helped me across so many ar­eas to whom I’m very grate­ful,’’ she said.

‘‘Cheryl you were a for­mi­da­ble can­di­date and a strong can­di­date for this com­mu­nity and I think you are to be con­grat­u­lated. And to Pe­ter and to Nic­kee and Bill and Mur­ray, you are also to be con­grat­u­lated.’’

In­cluded in the ac­knowl­edge­ments were Ms Sheed’s fam­ily and hus­band, lo­cal pae­di­a­tri­cian Pe­ter Eas­taugh.

Dr Eas­taugh said his wife had his full sup­port should she con­sider a third term.

‘‘We’re com­mit­ted com­mu­nity peo­ple and un­til we are sat­is­fied that our com­mu­nity is be­ing recog­nised then we have to keep go­ing,’’ Dr Eas­taugh said.

Vic­tory: Suzanna Sheed has been de­clared the re-elected State Mem­ber for Shep­par­ton for the next three years.

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