The Western Australian Premier has congratulated the new member for the seat of Rockingham, following a win for Labor at Saturday’s by-election forced by the shock retirement of Mark McGowan.
Magenta Marshall, 28, won the safe Labor seat in Perth’s southern suburbs with 49.41 per cent of the primary vote on Saturday.
Two-party preferred, Labor held 65.2 per cent of support to the Liberals’ 34.8 per cent.
However, the Ms Marshall could not match the popularity of Mr McGowan who led WA through the Covid pandemic, with her primary vote result down 33 per cent on Mr McGowan’s 2021 election result.
It’s the first time Labor has had to win Rockingham on preferences since 2001.
Eight other candidates were in the running, including the Liberal’s Peter Hudson, and Madeleine De Jong for the Greens.
Roger Cook, who was propelled to Premier after the shock resignation of his predecessor and former Rockingham MP Mark McGowan in late May, says WA Labor is pleased with the result.
“It’s a solid result and it’s great endorsement of a wonderful local candidate in Magenta Marshall, and our plans for Rockingham,” ,” Mr Cook told reporters on Monday.
“We put forward a positive plan for Rockingham, and the electors have awarded us with a solid victory in the Rockingham electorate.”
Mr Cook said by-elections usually have “unique characteristics.”
“We see local issues, state issues and federal issues all pitching in to make noise around any by-election,” he said.
“We’re really proud we put in a positive campaign, not a campaign based on division and fear, and we’re very pleased with the result.”
The next WA general election will be held in March 2025.