Shen Sekhon elected as City of Canning Beeliar ward councillor
The City of Canning has a new councilwoman for Beeliar Parish, and her name is Shen Sekhon.
Cr Sekhon will stay in the role for just 10 months before facing re-election after winning an extraordinary election to replace longtime former councilwoman Lindsey Holland.
When the election ended on December 9, Cr Sekhon emerged as the clear winner, receiving more than a third of the 2078 votes cast by Beeliar Municipality taxpayers.
She defeated four other contenders for the short-term vacancy on the council.
“I am so humbled and proud to call myself the newest councilwoman for the City of Canning for the Beeliar Borough,” she posted on her social media after the election. “Thank you to all my volunteers who dropped off flyers and helped me knock on the door.
“Last but not least, I would like to thank the more than 1000 people who have entrusted me with their voices. I will not let you down!”
Mr Holland resigned in September after selling his property in Willetton and citing plans to move out of the district.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Cr Sekhon moved to Perth in 2003 to continue her studies.
She has an MBA in Mass Communications, is a member of the Riverton Primary School Board and is a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Canning.
Canning Mayor Patrick Hall had openly lobbied for Cr Sekhon to rid the council of its negative connotations during the election campaign.
He expressed strong thoughts online about the sacking of Canning City Council in 2014 for the second time in 13 years, which he reiterated was a “dark and embarrassing time for Canning residents, with a council plagued by power struggles and dysfunction “.
“Since my election to City Council in 2015 (and as Mayor since 2019), I have worked hard to restore Canning’s reputation and standing in local government and have done everything in my power to reduce the harmful and improper influence of those.” limit people. ” he wrote.
“That’s why you need to cast your ballot, and that’s why I’ve supported a number of candidates over the past few years, and that’s why I’m supporting Shen Sekhon in this by-election.” I have done this openly, openly and with genuine intent.
“There is no hidden agenda. I simply will not allow Canning City Council to ever revert to the behaviors of its past. Not on my watch.
“We need bright young people with fresh ideas who are just seeking a council call so they can serve their communities. This is Shen.”
Cr Sekhon will represent Beeliar district until next year’s municipal elections on October 15.