Third MP to resign due to illness or to die in office
Ms Kathy Smith's resignation as Gosford MP makes her the third NSW Member of Parliament in the last five representing the Peninsula to resign due to serious illness or to die in office.
NSW Labor Government Minister Mr Paul Landa died in office as the Member for Peats of a suspected heart attack in 1984 at the age of 43.
He was replaced in a by-election by Labor's Tony Doyle, who retained the seat in the 1988 and 1991 elections.
He resigned from Parliament in December 1994 after a long battle with AIDS.
He died at Umina three days later, aged 41.
Mr Doyle was succeeded by Ms Marie Andrews, who represented the Labor Party in the seat between 1995 and 2007 and continued to serve as Member for Gosford when the Peats electorate was abolished.
She announced she would not contest the election in 2011, and the seat was then won by former Gosford mayor Mr Chris Holstein for the Liberal Party.
Mr Holstein held the seat until he was defeated in the 2015 election by Ms Smith.
Wikipedia, 16 Feb 2017
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