WA Labor has revealed Tania Lawrence as its new candidate for the Darling Range by-election.
Premier Mark McGowan endorsed Ms Lawrence on Thursday after the party’s previous candidate for the seat Colleen Yates quit the election over her education history.
“She is an impressive person,” Mr McGowan said of Ms Lawrence while announcing her as Labor’s candidate.
“Tania has an excellent work career, excellent qualifications and I’m very keen to put her to work for the people of Darling Range.”
Ms Lawrence is currently a manager at Woodside.
She has also served in the public sector, contributing in emergency response management and counter terrorism roles.
Mr McGowan said she had a strong involvement in the electorate, which she also lives in.
“She has a record of local achievement,” he said.
“She is involved with the local branch of the Bendigo Bank, she has done fundraisers for local wildlife carers, local wildlife refuges, she lives in the electorate, she cares about the electorate of Darling Range.”
Ms Lawrence said she was qualified to serve the community in the seat.
“I stand for Darling Range because I believe I do have the experience necessary to have a seat at the table of the McGowan Labor government,” she said.
“My community deserves to have a strong local voice in the McGowan Labor government.”
She is also a successful business owner along with her husband and are active members of their local community.
The seat became vacant after Labor’s previous seat holder Barry Urban misled the party about his education and police service backgrounds.
Labor then selected Colleen Yates to contest the seat, but she resigned after it emerged she misrepresented her education history on her LinkedIn profile.
“We been through a bit of a journey to get to this point,” Mr McGowan said.
“We’ve made some mistakes. We acknowledge that and we apologise about that especially to the people of Darling Range.”
However, he was certain that Labor had picked the right person to contest the seat.
“What I can say today is we have a great candidate,” Mr McGowan said.
Ms Lawrence said the government was achieving much for the community and she wanted to continue contributing to her community through the state government.
“The McGowan Government is getting on with delivering the projects and services our community needs – like the Byford rail line, fixing Denny Avenue, a new primary school in Byford, better health services and community safety initiatives,” she said.
“I will be an advocate for my community in the McGowan Labor Government – a strong local voice standing up for what really matters.”