Purcell's politics bid awaits electoral commission nod

James Purcell hopes his new political party will be registered soon.

James Purcell hopes his new political party will be registered soon.

THE political aspirations of Moyne Shire mayor James Purcell will be decided on by electoral bureaucrats this month. 

Cr Purcell’s political party — Vote 1 Local Jobs — is going through the motions of being officially registered after gaining 500 members. 

The party has been set up to help propel the Moyne Shire mayor into Western Victoria’s fifth upper house seat. 

The Victorian Electoral Commission will take objections to the party’s application and name until July 14.

Vote 1 Local Jobs is yet to unveil any candidates for the lower house, who will campaign primarily to lift the profile of the mayor’s political bid. 

“We’re looking at councillors and business people,” Cr Purcell said. 

“We’ll gradually release policies and candidates over the next sixth months but we’re waiting for some clean air in politics at the moment. 

“I think people are sick of state politics at the moment.” 

Cr Purcell said the party would target the Western Victorian seats of Lowan, Polwarth and Ripon and also Premier Denis Napthine’s seat of South West Coast. 

Only a handful of policies have been released so far, among them “cutting the $50 million the government spends on the Grand Prix and injecting these funds into western Victorian country roads”. 

Cr Purcell said he wasn’t aware of any objections to the party’s application.