Clarke shocked at 125-vote return
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.