Lara Dalton

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Lara Dalton

MLA
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Geraldton
Assumed office
13 March 2021
Preceded by Ian Blayney
Personal details
Born (1970-05-23) 23 May 1970 (age 51)
Geraldton, Western Australia
Political party Labor
Website www.laradalton.com.au

Lara Dalton (born 23 May 1970) [1] is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since the 2021 state election, representing Geraldton. [2]

Prior to entering politics, Dalton worked at the Geraldton campus of Central Regional TAFE, operated her own cafe, the Salt Dish Cafe, for five years, and then returned to TAFE as a hospitality lecturer. She was the Labor candidate for Geraldton at the 2017 state election. She was defeated by Ian Blayney, but reduced his margin to just 1.3%, [3] recording a swing of 21.5%. [4] [5] [6] She had actually led the field on the first count, but WA National and One Nation preferences proved too much for her to overcome.

Dalton was elected to the Legislative Assembly on her second attempt at the 2021 election, receiving 61.71% of the two-party preferred vote and comfortably defeating Blayney amidst a statewide Labor landslide. She actually won 54.7 percent of the primary vote, enough to win the seat on the first count. Her victory made her the first woman to represent Geraldton in its 131-year history. [5] [7] Dalton received mentoring during her election campaign from Victorian politician, Candy Broad, through EMILY's List Australia. [8]

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References

  1. "Ms Lara Dalton MLA". Parliament of Western Australia.
  2. Campbell, Kate; Van Aken, Elise; Vivian, Geoff; Pin, Phoebe (13 March 2021). "Geraldton painted red: It's a Lara and Labor landslide". Geraldton Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  3. Harradine, Natasha (14 February 2021). "Geraldton a seat to watch in 'fascinating contest' as WA election draws closer". ABC News. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  4. "WA Election – Electorate: Geraldton". ABC News. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  5. 1 2 "Geraldton". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  6. "WA Election: Lara Dalton claims an emphatic victory in Geraldton amid Labor landslide". Geraldton Guardian. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. "State election 2021: Labor's Lara Dalton becomes first Geraldton MP in 131 years". 13 March 2021. The West Australian. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  8. "2021 Western Australia Election Candidates". EMILY's List Australia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ian Blayney
Member for Geraldton
2021–present
Incumbent