Thursday, 8 February 2018
Family affair in Cat’s campaign
Port Pirie Recorder |Greg Mayfield
A LIFELONG experience with the special needs of two boys has motivated Cat Connor to stand for the seat of Frome at the March state election. Cat, 22, of Port Pirie, who is a personal care assistant in aged care, grew up with two younger brothers who were coping with profound autism.
She is standing as the Dignity Party’s candidate and hopes to win a better deal for people with disabilities such as her brothers. Party leader Kelly Vincent, who is an Upper House member, journeyed to Port Pirie to introduce her local star to the media.
Wheelchair-user Ms Vincent conceded that her party might not actually win the seat, but would change attitudes and bring about change as a result of Cat’s campaigning.
“It is certainly not a dull election. People will have different definitions of what it is to ‘win,'” she said. She said the party’s 28 candidates could contribute to regions having a voice “that they so lack in parliament regarding the aged and disabled”.
“That would be a win whether or not that is chalked up on the ballot paper at the end of the day,” she said. Cat said she had developed a special relationship and bond with her brothers. They now live in Adelaide because they needed more resources.
“There are so many people with special needs here who don’t have the resources they need,” she said. “Some more help would go a long way.” Cat said she was inspired by Ms Vincent and her mentor said the new candidate had “passion, skills and experience with a lot of the issues we have a voice in”.