Above: John Ormond Kennedy - the new Hawthorn MLA and President Emeritus of the PAVCSS
Of all the surprises to emerge from the recent Victorian State Election, the success of the ALP candidate for Hawthorn ranks at the very top. This had been a blue ribbon Liberal seat that had only once been lost to that party since elections have been held. The success of John Ormond Kennedy has confounded those on the other side of politics, the media and commentators - and even those within his own party.
Previous to this tryst with politics, John had been a long time Principal in Victorian Catholic secondary education. As the founding principal of Loyola College in Watsonia in 1980 he stayed in that role for over 25 years before his retirement in 2007. During this time, John was an active member of the PAVCSS and been a member of the Executive for many years and served in a variety of Offices including that of President.
in his customary self effacing manner, J.O.Kennedy was quoted in today's Melbourne press as follows:
"It's extremely humbling to be the new member for Hawthorn. I want to thank all my supporters who did so much to help achieve this historic result," he said.
"I wish John Pesutto [the sitting member he defeated] all the very best for the future."
While others at John's age and stage in life are considering a quiet retirement, the new member for Hawthorn will be putting in the long hours serving his constituency. All his CaSPA colleagues wish him the best in this quest.
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