Labor selects its Ryde candidates for September election

Ryde Labor has selected a team of 12 community based candidates for the September 9 Local Government Elections.

The Labor Party is the first major party to select candidates in Ryde with former Mayor Jerome Laxale as the team leader.

In West Ward,Clr Laxale will be supported by local doctor, Peter Kim, in the crucial number 2 spot.

Central Ward is headed by local community volunteer Bernard Purcell. Bernard who is supported by former teacher Margaret Mayger.

In East Ward, Penny Pedersen will lead Labor’s ticket after a successful showing at the 2015 by-election.

She will be supported by local environmentalist Libby Lawson.

Labor’s team was officially endorsed on Friday as Clr Laxale declared it is time for a clean out in Ryde, where the Liberals currently hold power under Mayor Colonel Bill Pickering.

“After years of chaos in Ryde, it is time for a clean out,” Clr Laxale said.

“This Council needs to be turned on it’s head and Ryde’s ratepayers deserve a Council that gets the basics right.”

With the Save Our Councils Coalition expected to campaign on a Put The Liberals Last ticket across Sydney, Clr Laxale said Ryde needs to do the same.

“I’ve seen first hand the chaos of a divided Liberal party,” he said.

“They’ve mis-used and abused their majority, whilst wasting ratepayer dollars.

“Ryde deserves a team that will put Ryde first”

Bernard Purcell said Ryde voters can also express their opinion of Premier Gladys Berejiklian on September 9.

“We need a Council that will stand up to the State Government,” he said.

“In the past 5 years, the O’Farrell/Baird/Berejiklian governments have tried to steal our parks and open space, sell off our assets and ride roughshod over our democracy.

“Only a strong Labor team will stand up for Ryde.”

Penny Pedersen hopes voters will remember scandals linked to the Liberals which include frustrated and costly attempts to build a new civic centre, verbal abuse of TWT Managing Editor John F Booth and a Liberal councillor stood down on a tax fraud related issue.

The Liberals have also squandered tens of thousands in ratepayers money on a failed Ryde Says No campaign on forced mergers and hit residents with rates rises.

“We have seen a Liberal-led council lose its way, lurching from scandal to scandal,” Penny Pedersen said.

“This place needs a reboot and I’m proud to be part of a united and energetic Labor team in Ryde.

“This Council can achieve so much more than it has done under the Liberals.

“We will use resources wisely and prioritise sustainability.”

Thirty three year old Clr Jerome Laxale is a father of three who owns a small local business and lives in Denistone East.

Forty three year old Dr Peter Kim is a respected member of the Australian-Korean Community who lives in West Ryde

Bernard Purcell runs a media based company in Ryde and has been a community volunteer for more than a decade. He lives in Denistone with his wife and 2 sons

Margaret Mayger has lived in Ryde for more than 40 years and is a retired secondary teacher who taught at Ryde, Peter Board and Malvina High Schools.

A champion of the rights of women, Penny Pedersen is also a

local Environmentalist and a community radio broadcaster who has lived in East Ryde with her husband and two sons for more than 10 years.

Penny is a Member of Lane Cove River Care and the Ryde Status of Women Advisory Committee.

Libby Lawson is a retired nurse who has lived in East Ryde since 1981.

She is a Member of the Ryde Bush care and Environment Advisory Committee.

Judith Nicholas is Labor’s West Ward Number Three candidate and Jack Willis is the West Ward Number Four candidate.

In East Ward, Grant McKee is Labor’s Number Three candidate and Chris Rutter is the Number Four candidate.

Labor’s Number Three Candidate in Central Ward is Geoffrey Lee and Geoffrey Pullen is Labor’s Number Four Candidate.

Some of the Ryde Labor team for the September 9 Council elections are (seated) Bernard Purcell, Penny Pedersen, Clr Jerome Laxale and (standing) Judith Nicholas, Grant McKee and Chris Rutter.