I live in Springvale and am an active member of the local community.

Student representation

I have been interested in promoting ideas since the age of 16 when I was elected Student Body President with an 80% majority. I learned at a young age that there was great knowledge and success to be gained by listening to and helping people.

Starting out

My passion for politics grew during the Hawke and Keating political era when 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 for 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, which I narrowly lost by two votes.

I spent three years working overseas in Ireland and England. The greatest thing I learnt while living overseas and comparing lifestyles was how fortunate we were to live in Australia and that we must make sure that fairness and opportunity are always paramount.

Elected as councillor

In 2012 I ran in the City of Greater Dandenong Council elections when I received the highest primary vote in the municipality, and was elected as a councillor for Lightwood Ward.

Elected as mayor

In 2015, I was elected by my fellow councillors as mayor. “Being a councillor has given me the opportunity to learn more about the community I live in, and what issues are important to the residents of Greater Dandenong,” I said upon election as mayor. “As mayor, I look forward to giving back to the local community and making a positive difference to the lives of the people that live here.”

I promoted community pride during my mayoral term and supported projects that further developed Greater Dandenong as a city which is a vibrant, connected and caring place.

I will continue to listen to the views of residents and advocate on their behalf.

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