I live in Springvale, in the ward I represent, and I am an active member of the local community.
I have promoted community ideas and initiatives since the age of 16 when I was elected Student Body President with an 80 per cent primary vote. I learned at a young age that there was great knowledge and success to be gained by listening to and helping people.
My passion for representation grew during the Hawke and Keating political era. I was impressed by the way both leaders confidently advocated for ideas that were not popular at the time but were the right thing to do in the long term.
At the age of 21, I joined the Labor Party and became active in Young Labor. I was a candidate in the 1997 Glen Eira Council elections but lost narrowly by two votes. I remember this experience and have never taken community support for granted.
I spent three years working in Ireland and England. The greatest thing I learnt while living overseas was how fortunate we are to live in Australia and that we must make sure that fairness and equality of opportunity are paramount.
I have children attending school locally. I am President of Springvale Rise Primary School Council and have been on school council since 2008.
In 2012, I was elected as a councillor for Lightwood Ward. I received the highest primary vote in the municipality.
In 2015, I was elected Mayor. This gave me an opportunity to engage deeper with a broad range of residents and community groups across the municipality.
Since 2018 I have been a board member on the local government peak body, the Municipal Association of Victoria. I represent Greater Dandenong, Casey, Frankston and Monash councils.
I push for low rates, the fair expenditure of council funds across the municipality, and better management of traffic and parking.