Southern Gazette gave candidates for the seat of Belmont the opportunity to tell readers in 100 words why they should vote for them.
Liberal candidate MLA Glenys Godfrey: “The best bet for any punter is to back the candidate with a proven track record and having kept every promise I took to the last election, people know I am a dedicated local member. Having lived in Belmont for over 25 years, I have seen more improvements in the last four years than in the previous 20 years as a safe Labor seat. If people like how the area has improved over the last four years, I ask they support me to keep working on the longer term issues such as public housing, infrastructure and law and order.”
Labor candidate Cassie Rowe: “I’m proud to live locally with my family. We love being part of the Belmont community but I always want to see it do better. Over the last few years, many local residents have felt the direct effects of rising crime, rising unemployment, and cuts to essential services, like health and education. I have a strong track record of fighting for local residents and I want to take that energy and passion to Parliament. I will deliver local jobs, resources for local schools and extend the hours of the Belmont Police Station. I will never take anyone’s vote for granted and I’ll always expect to be directly accountable to my local community.”
Greens candidate Bhuwan Khadka: “I was born in Nepal, the country of Mt. Everest and I moved to Australia in 2008 and been politically active since 2013.
I believe in social equality and a prosperous society. I advocate for a society where all people are treated equally and our most vulnerable are cared for through the welfare safety net. I advocate for environmental protection, renewable energy, refugees’ rights, animal rights, saving Sunday penalty rates, our farmers’ rights and land protection, while making rich people and big companies pay their fair share of tax.”
Animal Justice Party Candidate Brigit Anderson: “Eighty per cent of legislation passed in Parliament directly or indirectly affects the animals we share this continent and the waters that surround it, with.
If you love animals, put someone in the Western Australian Parliament who has their best interests at heart, not their own.
I share my home with two rescue cats, and – like most people – I love my pets and want them to live happy, healthy lives.
But I want that for all animals, and being elected would give me the opportunity to be a dedicated voice for animals in the West Australian Parliament.”
Micro Business Party candidate Miral Soboh: “Being a lawyer I want to advocate for you.
Let’s give the community their rights and support small business owners and employees.
We can reduce red tape, ease taxes and restrict burdens.
Let’s build a sustainable, strong and vibrant community, connecting neighbours in a web of economic and social relationships and improve community well-being together.
It is time to acknowledge our importance as we form 97 per cent of WA businesses and 44 per cent of the WA workforce.
The Micro Business Party and I will put small businesses first by investing time and energy to ensure economic growth and jobs.
Australian Christian candidate Sue Fraser: “With a strong Christian background and many years of missionary, ministry, and teaching experience I am providing an opportunity for residents to express their Christian values through their vote.
Because our community is our greatest asset I will not support killing of babies by abortion, euthanasia, same sex marriage, the destructive Safe Schools Coalition program.
I will support families – the building blocks of our communities, education that builds healthy children, respect for all people, justice and a safe environment for all, small businesses and economic policies to build a strong economy and responsible development of community resources.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate Julie Mitchell: “I have a passion for the horse racing industry synonymous with Belmont.
I have a plan to save the TAB from privatisation, together with the Port of Fremantle and Western Power.
I have been a successful female jockey, racehorse trainer, equestrian eventer, “Windows Boutique” business owner, and active charity fundraiser as the (1996) Lions Miss Personality WA and Miss Australia for cerebral palsy.
I grew up around Belmont and my father Aub Mitchell was leading horse trainer at Ascot; and I live & work in Belmont still.
I will be a strong alternative voice for Belmont to Liberal or Labor
Shooters and Fishers candidate Ian Blevin was asked to participate but did not respond in time.