REFLECTIONS ON MY CAMPAIGN AND THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS
It has been several weeks since the May 2019 Federal elections and I have had time to reflect on my campaign and the outcomes. Firstly I want to thank the many people who supported and encouraged me during my 8 weeks of campaigning. Firstly, I could not have done this without my excellent Campaign Manager Andrea Edmondson, who tirelessly gave of her time and energy from beginning to end. Her organisational skills and support were sincerely valued and I cant thank her enough.
My volunteers, most of whom were very good friends, were fantastic and they supported me with their time and encouragement to amazing levels. Together they put nearly 30,000 pamphlets into letterboxes around the Tangney electorate, covering every suburb. Truly amazing! Also, my sister Joannne not only volunteered with pamphlet dropping, but catered for our party on election night. A big thank you to her.!
Other people regularly posted support on Twitter for my campaign such as Ruth Punton, Charlie Caruso and EmBem. Charlie also did an interview with me for NoFibs which was a great help as it added to my campaign material and helped get my message out. Also in the social media space, I was greatly helped by Michelle Bertschi and Tilly Walker..
And of course the many people on Facebook, Instagram and those of you who have read this website, Thank you.
I met a lot of wonderful people too, other volunteers from other parties, the candidates from the Greens and Labor, and all were supportive, friendly and encouraging. It was wonderful to meet you all.
And finally, although I would ultimately have loved to have been elected, I truly believe that my campaign was a great success! Starting from a position where I was unknown in the electorate, with limited funds and a handful of volunteers, I managed to come 4th out of the nine candidates running in Tangney, beating all the minor parties. So I also thank the voters who considered my policies and who resonated with the issues and concerns I raised.
Although not elected, I am still very passionate about improving mental health services, getting more action on climate change and sustainability, increasing higher education funding and improving job security. I hope at some point in the future other opportunities may arise where I can bring my experience and energy into these issues and other matters which concern people in my community.