Amber-Jade Sanderson is an old hand at politics and representing the people of WA.
With the WAEC having declared the result, Ms Sanderson defeated outgoing Liberal MLA Ian Britza by securing 61.4 per cent of the two party preferred vote. This represents a swing of 16.2 per cent to WA Labor.
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Ms Sanderson’s transition to the Lower House comes after serving in the Upper House as the Member for the East Metropolitan Region from 2013 to 2017.
“I grew up in the area. I understand the community,” Ms Sanderson said.
“I’ve been working as the Upper House member for the last four years, standing up for local schools who faced funding cuts, standing up for members of the community who have had a difficult time under this government and I’m willing to put the work in.”
Ms Sanderson said one of her first priorities would be the Morley-Ellenbrook railway.
Perth-born, Ms Sanderson lived in the UK for several years in her youth before returning to Perth, where she attended local schools including John Forrest SHS.
Prior to politics, she worked in advertising and media and as an advisor to State and Federal Labor MPs, including Carmen Lawrence.
She was later employed by the union, United Voice WA, working with low paid workers in the disability sector to fight for better pay and conditions. After a time she became the assistant state secretary.
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