Clarke shocked at 125-vote re­turn

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

IN­DE­PEN­DENT THOMAS CLARKE was ‘deeply shocked' at his show­ing in the Gen­eral Elec­tion as he was elim­i­nated at the sec­ond count with 125 votes in to­tal.

The founder of the Res­i­dents Move­ment for Change ac­knowl­edges that his lack of ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to run­ning an elec­tion cam­paign im­pacted on the num­ber of votes he man­aged to achieve.

‘I am dis­ap­pointed and deeply shocked to be hon­est. I have loads of texts and emails from peo­ple telling me they would vote for me. If they were all true then I would have been elected twice over. On one day alone I ac­tu­ally re­ceived 270 texts from peo­ple telling me they would vote for me.'

Mr. Clarke found it dif­fi­cult to orches­tra a suc­cess­ful cam­paign pretty much sin­gle hand­edly, with the whole ex­pe­ri­ence prov­ing some­thing of a learn­ing curve for the mar­ried fa­ther of two.

‘I only had three weeks to or­gan­ise and run a cam­paign and the first week was lost as a new­bie. I'm not a po­lit­i­cal mon­ster so a few things took me by sur­prise.

‘For in­stance I didn't know you had to go all about the whole county. I thought I would just be con­cen­trat­ing on Wick­low town and was shocked to dis­cover I would have to can­vass the whole county.

‘It then took up a lot of time to reg­is­ter and for the next 8 to 9 days I was out there stuff­ing let­ter­boxes to get my name out there. I did it all on my own with zero help. It was the last week when I fi­nally re­ally got the chance to talk to peo­ple.'

Now he in­tends to fo­cus all his at­ten­tion on firmly es­tab­lish­ing the Res­i­dents Move­ment for Po­lit­i­cal Change as an or­gan­i­sa­tion or pres­sure group con­cen­trat­ing on lo­cal ser­vices and job cre­ation.

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