SHENTON Park resident Penny Taylor will run against Bill Marmion at next March’s State Election in the seat of Nedlands.
The geologist and mother of three announced this morning that she would stand as WA Labor’s candidate for the seat.
Mrs Taylor felt the need to run because she said Nedlands had been taken for granted for too long.
She said the City of Perth Act and a lack of planning and provision for another western suburbs school had confirmed her decision to run.
“In May when a western suburbs school didn’t make the budget, it confirmed for me that running against (Mr) Marmion was a good idea,” she said.
“I don’t think fear should stop us from making things better and just because Nedlands is a safe seat doesn’t mean people shouldn’t run.”
Mrs Taylor, who has a background in local government and business, said it was time for Bill Marmion’s eight-year term to end.
“It’s a great honour to stand in the seat of Nedlands and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to represent the community,” she said.
“I am disappointed by the mismanagement over the past eight years that has seen our State debt blow-out from $3.6 billion to $35 billion.”
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said he believed Mrs Taylor would represent the people of Nedlands well.
“She has a fantastic understanding of business, how to manage resources, skills that will be invaluable when representing her local community,” she said.
“As a mother and busy community member, Penny understands the pressure families are under, with continuous increases in the cost of living, relentless traffic congestion and the decline of essential services. I am looking forward to having Penny on my team.”