I am happy to volunteer information about my values, political beliefs and affiliations because I want the people of our Town to be able to make an informed choice as to who they vote for.
I am a life-long Labor voter, long time member, and proud recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the WA Branch of the Labor party for my volunteer work over the years.
Like many of the other candidates for the Town of Bassendean Council who have declared so far, I did campaign work and handed out how-to-vote cards at the last State election.
I am happy to say I worked hard for my long time friend Simon Millman who won the seat of Mount Lawley from the Liberal Party, as I knew the Labor candidate in Bassendean was going to do OK without my help.
I am happy to say that I choose to support the Labor party at the State and Federal level because:
* I believe in universal public health care;
* I believe in providing a helping hand to the people in our community who are doing it hard; and
* I believe in providing quality child care and education services for everyone so that the children in our community get the services that they need to reach their full potential, rather than just the services their parents can afford.
I am happy to say that I come from the left tradition of the party that believes in marriage equality; reproductive rights for women; and the protection of our unique and fragile environment.
I am happy to say that I am a member and delegate for Australian Services Union, which is the Union that has coverage in the not-for-profit charitable organisation I work in, because I believe that working people are better able to improve our conditions and the safety of our workplaces when we cooperate to achieve common goals, rather than when we act as individuals.
I do not always agree with what the Labor party does, and I am not beholden to other people in the party as to what I think and do. Anyone who wishes to can look at the rules of the WA Branch of the Labor party online and see for themselves that in Western Australia, the Labor party rules do not apply to local government elections or local government activities. That is why I am happy to say that at the last Town of Bassendean council elections, I supported two candidates who happened to be members of the Greens and one candidate who happened to have no party affiliations, because after careful consideration, I formed the view that these three women were the best candidates running.
I am also happy to answer any questions you have about how my values and beliefs might shape the way I would be a Councillor for our Town, and would love the opportunity to talk to you about the policy positions I am seeking to advance and the vision I have for how we can work together to make our Town a better place in which to live.