LABOR candidate for Nedlands Penny Taylor says she is confident voters in the electorate are “ready for a change” ahead of the March 11 election, despite its history as one of the safest Liberal seats in the state.
The Liberals won Nedlands with a margin of 16.6 per cent at the last state election in 2013.
The mother of three admitted that running in a traditionally conservative seat at her first election was definitely challenging, but she had received encouraging feedback so far.
“It’s been really positive talking to people in the electorate,” she said.
“They’re really happy to have someone listening to their concerns and takes campaigning seriously.
“People appreciate candidates who make the effort to talk to them.”
The mining business owner claimed Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion, who has held the seat since 2008, had failed to be an “active member”.
“A representative who listens to people and fights for their concerns is something missing in our electorate,” Ms Taylor said.
“People want real, genuine candidates who tell the truth and can bring common sense into situations.”
Mr Marmion, who took over the Transport portfolio last year, said he had delivered many projects in the last four years.
“All schools in the Nedlands electorate now have flashing 40km/h signs,” he said.
“As a father who still does the school drop-off, I feel it’s very important we make the safety of school zones a priority.”
The father of five said another recent project that had been delivered after much community discussion was pedestrian lights across Railway Road at Daglish train station.
Mr Marmion said his door-knocking campaign was well underway.
“I’m out there door-knocking,” he said. “Just like my colleagues in marginal seats. I’m talking to residents and getting good feedback.”
Ms Taylor said 70 per cent of residents she had door-knocked said they would vote Labor, despite Nedlands boasting the third-highest Liberal margin in the last state election.
“I feel that I’m already seeing success,” she said. “I will see it as a small win if there is more of a swing towards Labor in this election, even if the result isn’t what I want.”