I have decided to run against Liberal Roma Britnell in my home electorate South West Coast as I believe it is the best thing for my community.
If I win, I would likely hold the balance of power. This means I could continue to achieve great things for our community, with projects such as duplication of the Princes Highway from Colac to the border and South West Healthcare stage two examples of what could be achieved.
It’s difficult to get positive political attention when we have been a safe Liberal seat for many decades and for 16 of the last 20 years there has been a Labor Government in Victoria. Over the last four years as an independent Member of Parliament my vote has saved our CFA volunteers, stopped fracking and saved 300 jobs at Keppel Prince.
About James Purcell
James Purcell was elected to the Legislative Council of the Victoria Parliament in November 2014.
James was born and raised in Bessiebelle (midway between Portland and Warrnambool), by his farming parents Bernie and Bonnie Purcell. He grew up on the family farm with his five siblings, before matriculating from Heywood High and earning his accounting qualification in Warrnambool.
He is a highly qualified accountant - a Fellow CPA - who has owned and operated Australian and international businesses. Cr Purcell has worked in senior financial positions with many of the world's largest corporations, including Amcor and Glaxo (10 years in Port Fairy, Melbourne and London) and now has his own Port Fairy based accounting firm and self storage business.
James is the former Mayor of the Moyne Shire. He was Director of Business & Tourism at the Moyne Shire, a position he resigned from in 2008 before successfully campaigning to join the council in an elected capacity. He was elected Mayor in late 2013, resigning from this role on his election to the Upper House.
At the 2010 State election James stood as an independent and achieved more than 11% of the vote - the most successful independent candidate in south-west Victoria's history. Following this election James was contacted by a Western Victorian newspaper owner asking if he would stand in the Upper House at the 2014 election and fight for Western Victoria.
James' loyalty to the growth of this region and its wonderful way of life and his devout belief it is possible to be elected to the Upper House has led to the establishment of the Vote 1 Local Jobs party.
He is passionate about ensuring Western Victoria gets a greater slice of the government's funding and enhancing the region's positive attributes for residents.
James lives in Port Fairy with his wife Robyn. His parents live in Warrnambool and many of his siblings live nearby. He has three adult children, Nathan, Aaron and Sasha, and three grandchildren - whom also live in Western Victoria.
He is actively involved in the local community and enjoys horse racing in his spare time.