Out gay candidate Penny Sharpe to stand for new seat of Newtown
Member of the Legislative Council, Penny Sharpe has announced she will throw her hat in the ring for preselection for the new state seat of Newtown.
Sharpe has been a resident of Newtown for almost fifteen years. She and her partner are currently raising their family in the area. Sharpe believes the new seat deserves an experienced candidate with sound local knowledge and that she has the goods to fit the bill.
Sharpe commented: “I am passionate about the dynamic, progressive, creative and compassionate communities that live in the diverse suburbs that make up Newtown. I want those communities to be strongly represented in NSW.”
The community will be involved in the preselection process for the new Labor candidate, for the seat. 50% of the vote will come from Party members and teh other 50 percent from people enrolled to vote in the Newtown seat.
Sharpe describes it as an exciting time for Labor party politics.
“This is an incredibly exciting process that is just one of the reforms that needs to be embraced as the Labor Party opens itself up to greater democracy and participation by members and the wider community.”
Sharp said the new electorate of Newtown provides new opportunities to improve the lives of all who live and work here.
"I believe the best chance to do this is through the election of a Labor Government. For Labor to be elected to Government, Labor has to win lower house seats. That is why I am putting myself forward to become Labor’s candidate," she said.
If Sharpe is preselected she will have to resign her seat from the Upper House.