Sam Kennard, managing director of Kennards Self Storage of Australia, has announced his candidacy for the Australian parliament. Kennard will run as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate for the North Sydney, New South Wales, seat being vacated by former treasurer Joe Hockey, according to the source. The by-election will be held Dec. 5.
“The Liberal Democrats are made up of classical liberals or libertarians, who believe that the government has become far too invasive in our lives,” Kennard told the source. “I support the position of Sen. David Leyonhjelm, who would never vote for an increase in taxes or a reduction in our liberty.”
The New South Wales senator supported Kennard’s nomination. “His substantial real-world business experience would be a useful addition to the federal parliament,” Leyonhjelm said.
Other candidates for the vacant seat include Arthur Chesterfield-Evans from The Greens Party, James Jansson from the Future Party, and Silvana Nero from the Christian Democratic Party. The Labor Party has not yet put forth a candidate. Hockey is on tap to be Australia’s next ambassador to the United States, the source reported.
Kennard is married and has three daughters. The Kennard Family were early pioneers of self-storage in Australia, opening their first facility in Moorebank in 1973. Based in Sydney, Kennards today operates more than 70 self-storage locations in Australia and New Zealand.