Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale councillor puts hand up for Darling Range challenge

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale councillor Rob Coales wants to be the Liberal Party candidate for the now vacant State seat of Darling Range. Picture: Marie Nirme d459117
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale councillor Rob Coales wants to be the Liberal Party candidate for the now vacant State seat of Darling Range. Picture: Marie Nirme d459117

SHIRE of Serpentine Jarrahdale councillor Rob Coales has admitted he is considering contesting the vacant State seat of Darling Range.

Barry Urban’s resignation in the wake of the fake medal scandal and resulting investigation has triggered a snap by-election for the seat.

Mr Coales said he was considering running in the by-election, but it was up to the Liberal Party to endorse him as their candidate.

“The people of Darling Range deserve a State representative who is passionate and will represent them in State Parliament,” he said.

“For me as a Shire councillor, we as a Shire have suffered for not having a strong vocal presence in Parliament.”

Mr Coales contested the seat of Thornlie at last year’s election, but lost out to Labor incumbent Chris Tallentire.

He was elected to the Shire council at last year’s local government elections.

Previous Darling Range MLA Tony Simpson, who held the seat for 12 years until his defeat to Mr Urban last year, has already ruled out contesting the by-election.

A date has not yet been set for the by-election.

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