Leary the Libs’ man in Albany

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
The WA Liberal Party's pre-selection candidate, Scott Leary.
Camera IconThe WA Liberal Party's pre-selection candidate, Scott Leary. Credit: Michael Traill

Scott Leary has been announced as the WA Liberal Party’s sole nomination for preselection for the seat of Albany ahead of next year’s State election.

The Albany City Motors director will meet with members of the party’s Albany branch to seek their endorsement.

If the local members endorse Mr Leary’s nomination, he will face the same process at the party’s State Council before he officially becomes the Liberal candidate for Albany.

Mr Leary, pictured, was born and raised in Perth, and moved to Albany in 1992 as part of a transfer with Westpac.

It was initially intended to be an 18-month stint in the Great Southern, but Mr Leary has since started a family and raised two boys, now in their early 20s, in the city.

“I’ve always been community-minded. I think it’s a chance for us to get some focus on Albany, get some things done,” Mr Leary said.

Mr Leary has a decorated history of volunteering, spending 10 years on the board of South Regional TAFE.

Last May he was awarded the 2018 Mike Stidwell Medal for his 26 years of volunteer service with the Albany Volleyball Association.

Speaking to the Advertiser in September, Opposition leader Liza Harvey said she believed her party was well poised to reclaim the seat from Labor, which has held Albany since Peter Watson was first elected in 2001.

“We feel we would have a very good chance with some of the Liberal candidates who have put their names forward,” Ms Harvey said.

Mr Watson is yet to confirm he will contest the March, 2021 election.

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