Jenny Gordon was active in the Australian Democrats for a decade. She represented them in the following elections:
House of Representatives seat of Sydney, 1983
New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Elizabeth, 1984
New South Wales Senate, 1984, 1987, 1990.
Jenny McLeod had lived in the electorate of Elizabeth for more than a decade, when she ran for election. She had been a secondary school teacher before becoming the mother of five children, and her stated interests largely revolved around education and child welfare. She also espoused the causes of Aboriginal Land Rights and improved public transport.