WESTERN Australia’s brief reprieve from the polls is all but over, after State political parties began to name candidates in the lead up to the March 11 State Election.
At the weekend, the state wing of the Liberal Party named brothers Julian and Jesse Jacobs as candidates for Victoria Park and Cannington respectively.
It will be the first foray into state politics for Julian and the third for Jesse who missed out on the seat of Cannington by less that 150 votes to Labor’s Bill Johnston, who has held the seat since 2008.
The pair said they would run a joint campaign in a bid to re-energise the region.
“We’re going to have a joint campaign committee, and try and synergise on the Jacobs brand,” Jesse Jacobs said.
He said the pair would bring a positive campaign to their seats, with a particular emphasis on constructive collaboration with all tiers of government.
“I’m not going to play the politics that a lot of state members and federal members have been playing up until now, which is where they take credit for all the good things that happen in their electorate but blame council for all the bad things,” he said.
“If I get elected to the seat of Cannington I would work with council to get things done; a house divided against itself will fall (and) we are all in the same community so we have to work together.
“As a member I will be constructive, I think we need to evolve to see ourselves as one community.”
Julian Jacobs said the demographic in Victoria Park, held by Ben Wyatt, was shifting, and he was able to represent the diverse region.
“What I’ve noticed is that Vic Park has changed a lot in the five years I’ve been there, there are lots of young professional lots of families coming in,” he said.
“Labor has held that seat since 1934 so it’s only been Labor and I feel that after 80-odd years it is time for a change… I’m young, I play for the local football team and I’m a councillor.”
The pair, who grew up in Esperance, attribute country values to their drive for cohesion with community.
Julian Jacobs said it had been a key factor in his decision to stand for pre-selection.
“When you look at a politician, gone are the days you look at them and see that they care… when you look at a politician you want to see someone who cares about their people,” he said.
“People want someone sympathetic, empathetic and see people are struggling out there and I can speak for myself and Jesse when I say we care about the community.”
Jesse Jacobs said he was a viable option for Cannington residents disheartened by economic downturn.
He said people were rightly concerned about the state of the economy and a Liberal Government was better suited to managing it while Labor was no longer the working class party it once was.
“At the end of the day, you are getting a person to represent you in parliament not a colour… maybe what Labor represented 50 years ago the people of Cannington would vote for but I think if you’re a battler, if you’re doing it tough and trying to get ahead, we are the people you should be voting for,” he said.