Hi, I’m Hugh Jones, Labor’s candidate for Darling Range at the 2021 State Election.
I come from a family of healthcare workers. My father is a retired dentist, who had a practice in Gosnells for 25 years, and my mother is a nurse. Growing up in this environment instilled in me a sense of compassion for others, particularly for those doing it tough.
Wanting to serve my country, I joined the Navy in 1990. It was during the 1990s that I first met Mark McGowan, whom I played squash with in the ADF’s Interservice Games. I have now served in the Navy for 30 years and hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
My naval career has taken me across the country and overseas, meaning that I have been away from home for extended periods of time. Like many families where someone works away, we chose to live close to family when we moved back to Perth in 2005. They were a tremendous help when I was away at sea, supporting my wife and our two children, one of whom has a disability.
In the years since we moved home, my children, Grace and Gryff, have attended Kelmscott Primary School, and my wife Cam became a primary school teacher. She taught at Armadale Primary School before moving to the new Beenyup Primary School in Byford this year.
Over the years, I have volunteered for the First Nations Homelessness Project, an organisation that seeks to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable families, and I have also been an active volunteer in local landcare groups.
Last year, I was elected as a councillor for the River Ward of the City of Armadale and have been working hard to advocate for my community.
I’m running for Darling Range at the 2021 State Election so the Darling Range community has a strong voice in Government.