THE Greens have announced disability advocate and support worker Anthony Pyle as their candidate for the June 23 Darling Range by-election.
Mr Pyle contested the seat of Armadale at last year’s State Election, but ultimately lost to Labor MLA Tony Buti.
He said he was thrilled to have been preselected and promised he would fight for those who needed help.
“I grew up in social housing, relying on the social safety net to keep me and my family safe and secure, so I know what it’s like to go without,” he said.
“The growing casualisation of the workforce has left people with little or no job security, often living paycheque to paycheque wondering if they will be able to put food on the table for their kids.
“As someone who has actually lived on a low income and understands the pressures of declining job security, I hope to be a strong representative for working people in Darling Range”.
Mr Pyle said the people of Darling Range deserved better access to public transport, education and infrastructure.
“Getting from Byford to the city takes at least an hour and a half and that’s if you don’t miss the bus,” he said.
“This leaves many residents relying on cars to drive their kids to school, then to work and every aspect of their lives, there is no alternative.
“We need proper investment in infrastructure to create employment opportunities and service Darling Range better.”
The Greens announcement followed the nominations of Alyssa Hayden, Colleen Yates and Ron Caddies for The Liberals, Labor and One Nation respectively.
The by-election was sparked by the resignation of Barry Urban.