Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

I WRITE with re­gard to the main story re­gard­ing the Joon­dalup may­oral race and in par­tic­u­lar Rob John­son’s crit­i­cism of Al­bert Ja­cob.

For the avoid­ance of any doubt I’m not a mem­ber of Global Heart Church (or any other church for that mat­ter) although I am a for­mer mem­ber of the WA Libs hav­ing can­celled my mem­ber­ship as a re­sult of both their cam­paign and sub­se­quent re­sponse to the state elec­tion drub­bing.

I first met Al­bert in late 2014 af­ter ap­ply­ing for a part-time job at his for­mer of­fice in Cur­ram­bine.

I didn’t get the job, but he was good enough to con­tact the un­suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants to let them know and thank them for ap­ply­ing.

Hav­ing ap­plied for sev­eral jobs since, I can tell you that in it­self is way be­yond the ex­pected norm.

We’ve kept in touch pe­ri­od­i­cally and while he’s clearly got time on his hands just now, some­thing else that sets him apart from other politi­cians (in my ex­pe­ri­ence) was the fact that he would re­ply to an email or let­ter.

Again that’s un­usual as they’re usu­ally full of fake sin­cer­ity to get your vote, your time or your do­na­tion, but have no in­ter­est be­yond that.

I’m a rel­a­tively re­cent ar­rival here from the UK so I can’t even vote.

Ad­di­tion­ally Al­bert is a lo­cal guy who seems gen­uinely in­ter­ested in lo­cal and state govern­ment rather than try­ing to use these roles as a step­ping stone to Can­berra. I sup­pose what I’m try­ing to say is that when it comes to suit­abil­ity for po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions, surely the type or per­son you are is more im­por­tant than the church you at­tend? SCOTT MILNE, Min­darie

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