Mayor Cr Jan Barham has put her name forward for pre-selection on the Greens Upper House ticket.
Mayor Cr Jan Barham has put her name forward for pre-selection on the Greens Upper House ticket.

Barham throws hat in the ring

Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham has set her sights on winning a seat in the NSW Legislative Council.
Cr Barham confirmed on Monday she had put her name forward for preselection on the Greens’ Upper House ticket for the 2011 elections.

She will be up against 15 other candidates, with a result expected next month.

It will be the mayor’s third attempt to win a parliamentary seat after previously contesting the Federal elections in 2001 and the State elections in 2003.

Because party rules prevent candidates talking about the preselection process, Cr Barham said she couldn’t comment on whether she would stay on as mayor if she won preselection and, later, a seat in the Upper House.

Her nomination for preselection comes in the wake of the announcement by Broken Head-based Greens MLC, Ian Cohen, that he won’t be seeking re-election in 2011.

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