The Labor candidate for the Wollondilly electorate has officially kicked off her campaign.
Jo-Ann Davidson, who lives in Bowral, is new to state politics but is getting up to speed with the issues in the electorate quickly.
“I pride myself on being an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves,” Ms Davidson said.
“People need to raise their concerns and have their voices heard.
“During the next few months I intend to speak to people, businesses and chambers of commerce members to get to know the issues in Wollondilly.
“It is a diverse electorate.”
The electroate extends into much of the Wingecarribee Shire including Alpine, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Balmoral, Bargo, Berrima, Bowral, Braemar, Burradoo, Colo Vale, Glenquarry, High Range, Hill Top, Mittagong, Renwick, Welby, Willow Vale, Woodlands and Yerrinbool.
Deputy Labor leader Michael Daley helped launch the campaign at Vaby’s restaurant in Picton on Wednesday, June 13.
Former Labor Wollondilly MP Phil Costa came to the campaign launch to support and endorse Ms Davidson.
“We have a good, old-fashioned working class candidate in Ms Davidson,” Mr Daley said.
“She was not dropped in the seat like some of the Liberal candidates.
“I can’t wait to be sitting on the green leather seats in Parliament with Ms Davidson in March.”
Ms Davidson, who is a manager in the aviation industry, said she was not a complete stranger to politics having been the secretary of the Flight Attendants Association of Australia trade union for 10 years.
The candidate for Country Labor said she would campaign for several key issues in the electorate.
“I don’t support the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital in its current route,” Ms Davidson said.
“Tunnelling is a good alternative but I will be surprised if it happens.”
Ms Davidson also wants to fight for better protections of koalas, preserve their habitat and get exclusion fencing on Appin Road.
She also wants a second high school to be built in the shire.
Ms Davidson joins other Labor candidates in the region, Sally Quinnell for Camden, Ursula Stephen for the Goulburn electorate and Aoife Champion for the federal seat of Hume.
“We will be working together to make sure Sydney’s south-west and the Southern Tablelands are painted red for Labor,” Ms Davidson said.
More generally, Ms Davidson said she would be championing the Labor party’s policies.
“Labor puts people before stadiums,” she said.
Ms Davidson also wants to see early childcare workers paid a higher wage and wants to see funding restored to TAFE.
The state election will be held in March 2019.