LABOR’S Jessica Shaw has become the newest member for Swan Hills after beating Liberal incumbent Frank Alban tonight.
Ms Shaw addressed a packed room of ecstatic supporters at her Ellenbrook office tonight after taking 61.7 per cent of votes.
Ms Shaw spoke to The Advocate shortly after the result and said she was excited, overwhelmed and grateful.
“Clearly there has been an appetite for change… people have been ready for a change statewide and a change in approach in Swan Hills,” she said.
“It’s been an absolutely fantastic campaign.”
She said she was looking forward to working alongside WA’s new Premier Mark McGowan after an “historic” election.
“When you see the swings we’ve had and how people responded, it definitely feels historic,” she said.
Ms Shaw said she was looking forward to a sleep-in and a glass of wine after tonight’s result before getting stuck into her commitment towards youth in the electorate.
“The important commitment we made was around youth. I’ve committed $2 million to alleviate the youth issue,” she said.
“There is nothing for kids to do, no services, so we are going to change that and I’m looking forward to getting cracking on that.”
She said she cared about the place she lived in and could not wait to represent her community.
“I appreciate the opportunity to represent the community I care about,” she said
“I love where I live and I want to roll my sleeves up and work for them.”