New tilt at Lyons seat by former mayor

FORMER Derwent Valley mayor Tim Morris has been named as one of the five Tasmanian Greens candidates contesting the seat of Lyons in next month’s State Election. Mr Morris has lived in the Derwent Valley since 1976 and had two stints as a local councillor and then 12 years in parliament.

The Greens, who had already named Liz Johnstone as their lead candidate for Lyons, yesterday named Mr Morris, Jill Pierce, Isabel Shapcott and Glenn Millar as the four support candidates. Mr Morris becomes the second New Norfolk resident to declare their intention to contest the May 1 State Election, joining builder Justin Derksen who is running with the Liberals.

Mr Morris was elected to the Derwent Valley Council in 1989 and served until 2000, less two years when the council was in administration. When the council was reinstated, Mr Morris was elected mayor. He was elected to the seat of Lyons in 2002, re-elected in 2006, and in 2010 he won the most votes of any candidate in Lyons, attracting 14% of the vote. In his third term he served as deputy speaker of the House of Assembly and chair of committees, but he lost his seat at the 2014 election.

Mr Morris is pictured at last weekend’s New Norfolk Market with fellow Greens candidate Liz Johnstone.

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