Whoever you cast your vote for - give it time
IT WOULD be fair to say that Saturday’s Southern Downs election result threw up a couple surprises.
At a time when much of the state gave little consideration to One Nation, despite expectation, our region lent plenty of support to Pauline’s brigade.
Independent Rob Mackenzie put together a wonderful campaign, traversed the region for several months, spread a passionate, succinct message... but still polled fourth behind two candidates who came late to the race.
In the closing days many had Rob as a dark horse who’d run run a close second to LNP’s successful candidate James Lister, or possibly pip him at the post.
Lister himself was at pains to remind people that Southern Downs isn’t the safe seat it was once regarded.
Some questioned Lister’s candidacy at times and were cautious about a representative some suggested had been “parachuted” into the electorate.
But whichever way your political persuasion falls, there’s little denying he and his family have a great love for the region and will work around the clock to see it prosper.
There are few bigger political boots to fill than that of Lawrence Springborg. If he’s positive about James, then it’d be hard to go against that vote of confidence.
Everyone deserves a chance to succeed or fail.