Former Darling Range MLA Tony Simpson rules out local government tilt

Tony Simpson.
Tony Simpson.

FORMER Darling Range MLA Tony Simpson was emphatic he will not run for local government – nor a state seat – despite being asked to do so “frequently”.

“I’m done,” he told Comment News. “I’m over politics in general.”

“I’ve got to move on.”

He made the comments today, three weeks after being appointed to a researcher role for Bateman MLA Dean Nalder who is responsible for several portfolios in the State Opposition.

Victorian-born and once a Byford baker, Mr Simpson spent time on the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council before joining Parliament in 2005.

He served at various times as whip and Minister before making a shock resignation from the local government, seniors, community services and youth portfolios last year.

At the time, Mr Simpson cited communication difficulties with the Premier’s office.

His ministerial departure was followed by Dean Nalder who also quit the ministry last September ahead of a failed attempt at a leadership spill within the party.

Mr Simpson lost his long-held seat of Darling Range in March to former shire councillor Barry Urban.

Current councillor Keith Ellis said he intended to run for council again when his term expires in October, and expected Cr John Erren and Cr Sandra Hawkins would also re-contest.

Cr Erren and Cr Hawkins did not return calls by the Comment News.

An existing vacancy in the southern ward will also be contested in October.

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