Seven candidates in ring
VOTERS have a wide range of policies to choose from after seven candidates threw their hats in the ring to represent Callide.
Across the state the average number of candidates per electorate is 4.9, making the variety available to Callide voters quite unusual.
Three of the seven candidates are independents, each with their own reasons for avoiding the major parties.
But the common theme was to be free of party politics and for Steve Ensby, who stood for Katter’s Australian Party last election, being an independent means no repeated disappointment.
Mr Ensby said he was shocked when he saw the ads created by KAP in 2012 targeting specific groups within Queensland, including homosexuals and Asians.
“I was disappointed with some of the tactics during the last election from Katter’s Australian Party,” Mr Ensby said.
“I figured it was better to go as an independent because then I don’t have to worry about what a party figure head might say and then have to try to justify those views.”
Michael Higginson and Duncan Scott also cited not having to support major party views as reasons for running as independents.
The independents will face an uphill battle to make waves in the electorate as Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Palmer United Party leader John Bjelke-Peterson look likely to win most of the vote.
Graeme Martin will represent Labor and Erich Schulz the Greens to round out the field.