BROAD life experience and a passion for making Ipswich a better place.
They are just two of the positive qualities that Jenny Howard, the new Labor Party candidate for the state of Ipswich, will bring to the table when she takes on the LNP's Ian Berry at the next state election.
Ms Howard will be known to many in the Ipswich community as the electorate officer for Blair MP Shayne Neumann.
But she has more strings to her bow than that.
"I have been a member of the Labor Party for 15 years, but before that I raised my two children in Ipswich," Ms Howard told the QT.
"They went to Churchill State Primary School and they both went to the Grammar schools.
"My former husband and I ran a furniture removal and storage business for many years while the children were growing up.
"And I was a vet nurse in those years as well. Politics is very important to me, but it is not all I have done.
"I have got a lot of knowledge about what it is like to run my own business and work in the community."
Ms Howard said sports and the arts "bring ethnicities, demographics, ages and cultures together".
"Those two things need more funding," she said.
"We've seen what has happened with Studio 188 in the Top of Town. It has really enhanced the culture and created community, and that is something that is important to me.
"A performing arts centre is something Ipswich would really benefit from."
Ms Howard said the State Government should play a major role in funding the Norman St Bridge and said jobs, services and infrastructure would be high on her campaign agenda at the next election.