VINCENT Mayor John Carey launched his state political campaign in typical fashion by posing with a baby after WA Labor officially preselected him as its candidate for Perth last night.
WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Mr Carey bumped into City of Vincent councillor Laine McDonald with her newborn daughter Matilda Ashforth-McDonald on Beaufort Street this morning.
Cr McDonald said it would be “a huge loss” for Vincent if Mr Carey won the WA Legislative Assembly seat of Perth in next year’s State Election.
“John brings enthusiasm, passion and humour to the council,” she said.
“He is a passionate and tireless campaigner, I know his priorities are with transport, and I think he can achieve a lot as the next member for Perth.
“It will be a huge loss for Vincent, but a massive gain for the electorate of Perth.”
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Mr Carey said he planned to take personal leave when the writs were issued and the State Election was called.
“I will continue in my role as Mayor,” he said.
“There is a long list of members of Parliament who remained in their local government positions.”
Mr Carey said he decided to run because there were critical issues facing his community that he “simply could not fix” as Mayor.
“I have loved being mayor, I gave my heart and soul to it,” he said.
“I am really proud of everything we have achieved, and it makes me realise the incredible potential of local government.
“But what I also realised was that week in, week out, residents were raising issues with me that I could only deal with the side impacts. The number one issue was cars on our roads: the huge traffic congestion, rat running, speeding, parking issues. We need a clear plan for the next decade to guide public transport, because only that will relieve traffic on our roads. You can do wonderful things as mayor, but to tackle this core problem I had to step up.”
WA Opposition leader Mr McGowan said he “could not be happier” to secure Mr Carey as Labor’s candidate for Perth.
“I have known John for 15 years, and he is a hardworking achiever who has the community’s best interests at heart,” Mr McGowan said.
“His knowledge and capacity to get things done is legendary. I was the deputy mayor of Rockingham before I was elected to Parliament, and it gave me a great grounding in the local community. That experience in local government is invaluable. John will hit the ground running.”
Liberal politician Eleni Evangel currently holds the seat of Perth.