“We Are Hughes” announced Bonnet Bay resident and local businesswoman Linda Seymour as her favorite community independent candidate for Hughes in the next Federal Election.
Mrs. Seymour is a long-term local, born and raised in Lilli Pilli. Together with her husband Ross, they set up home in Bonnet Bay, where they raised their two daughters, Ayla and Jessi.
She has run her own consulting business for over 20 years and has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning architectural design and communications specialist working on Olympic venues and master planning in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Rio.
The independent candidate said she never planned to enter politics but realized she needed to “do something about the opposing politicians elected to parliament”.
“For years, our current member has mocked science, denied climate change, dismissed catastrophic forest fires as a wildfire, and promoted unproven treatment COVID-19. This is not something that represents my views or the views of many in Hughes,” she said.
“In ‘We Are Hughes’, I found a group of like-minded people. We came from different backgrounds and with different electoral histories, but we were united in our struggle to find a representative who cared about the people of Hughes and our common. Future.
“I want to represent every person in Hughes, and I want them to know that no matter who they are, no matter their circumstances, they can have a local MP who will represent their interests and work to improve their lives with respect and dignity.”
Ms Seymour said she noted that people on all sides of the political divide were concerned about what Australia was doing to address our changing climate and the integrity of our representatives.
“People really want action on climate change and political integrity,” she said.
“Climate should never be politicized and opposing policy has been a handbrake to do something significant about climate change.
“Strong independent work with the community bringing people from across the policy spectrum to provide a good positive, constructive policy will get action on climate change.
An independent integrity commission is also seriously important, and the lack of a federal ICAC with real teeth is a symptom of a more significant problem that is opposing policy. We need to bring dignity back into politics and then we will get action on ICAC.
“The winning mindset of politicians in Canberra is why we have these proven problems and we need to rise above fractional politics.”
“We Are Hughes” was formed in October 2020 and addressed the views of more than 400 voters to address the issues that were most important to Hughes ’voters.
Volunteers interviewed people at events and market stalls and borrowed from the Voices for Indi model of ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’.
We Are Hughes supporter Leigh Furner said being part of the election panel, which selected Ms. Seymour as its candidate, was an honor and a privilege.
“Linda fits our shared values of‘ Integrity, Informed and Inclusive ’and we knew we were making the right decision on behalf of our community‘ We are Hughes ’,” she said.
“We are thrilled to support Linda; we know she will be an amazing representative for the Hughes community and our best chance of winning our seat.”
The panel “We Are Hughes” selected Ms Seymour after interviewing five residents of Hughes for the role.
Ms Furner said “We Are Hughes” is looking forward to providing opportunities in the coming months for community members to meet and share their ideas with Linda Seymour.