Greens elect city councillor to fill retiring party pioneer’s seat

Adelaide City Councilor and former Senator Robert Syms was elected to the Greens as a senator’s winning candidate after long-time legislative councilor Mark Parnell announced his retirement.

InDaily Parnell gave no “real reason” other than his desire to “give someone else a chance,” and in July Parnell was the third in the state elections in March 2022, 14 years later in that role. He reported that he would not object to his eight-year term.

Parnell is a founding member of Greens SA and was the first green to be elected to Congress in the 2006 elections.

This morning the party announced that current city councilor Robert Syms had been elected by members to fill Parnell’s winners’ seats.

If elected in the 2022 election, he will join Tammy Franks, a fellow party member and legislative councilor whose term expires in 2026.

Sims said InDaily His priority in the House of Councilors this morning was to address “two crises: the climate crisis and the growing inequality in our state.”

“I would like to focus on creating green jobs and abolishing renewable energy, electric vehicle manufacturing and, of course, the Liberal Party’s ridiculous taxes on electric vehicles,” he said. ..

He also said he would focus on increasing social housing stock, improving public transport, and protecting public service jobs.

“Through the work I did in the council, I think people know that I am passionate about issues such as transportation and cycling infrastructure as well as issues such as homelessness and renter rights. “I will.” He said.

“Everything I’ve been working on for years is a state issue and I’m really excited about what can be achieved at the state level.”

Sims added that Greens, South Australia had a “really bright future” and that the party had “a real opportunity to make a profit in the next state election and potentially win the balance of power.”

The possibility of his election to the House of Councilors is the second in the term of this council after Central Ward Assembly member and former Deputy Mayor Fusam Adelaide vacated earlier this year to pursue a career in Saudi Arabia. May encourage Adelaide City Council supplementary elections.

The current council term will not end until November 2022, eight months after the next state election.

The Sims previously resigned from the Adelaide City Council prematurely during his first term as a councilor in 2015 to fill the vacancy caused by Penny Wright’s resignation from the Senate.

He was re-elected to the Adelaide City Council in November 2018 after serving in the Senate until he was defeated in the 2016 elections.

The Sims said the pre-election had “no immediate impact” on the second council’s term, but Parnell decided to vacate his seat before March 2022, forcing a supplementary election. It was.

“It’s up to Mark to decide the timing. No matter what decision Mark makes, I’ll support him,” he said.

Parnell said InDaily This morning he hadn’t decided whether to retire before the March 2022 elections, but he will be “for months.”

“I have a lot of unfinished businesses,” he said.

“Parliament will resume in February and I will return to my usual chair in February.”

InDaily I contacted the Adelaide City Council for comment.

In a media release, Mr Parnell said Sims “has the skills, enthusiasm, temperament and commitment to represent all South Australia and ask the government to explain it to the Legislative Council.”

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