Labor candidate undecided on rerun
LABOR candidate for Parkes, Jack Ayoub, isn’t sure whether he will run for the seat again following his loss to re-elected Nationals MP Mark Coulton.
“Whether I will run again in Parkes or not is a big question and it’s something that I will weigh up over the coming 12 months,” Mr Ayoub told Dubbo Photo News.
“It costs me a great deal personally and financially and I think I’ve got to weigh up those things, but undoubtedly, I will seek election to public office in the future in some form or another.”
For now, Mr Ayoub will return to his aide position at Coonabarabran High School and continue working as a farm hand.
He is also contemplating a career in the Army.
“I’m very seriously considering trying to gain entry to Duntroon because I love the country and would like to serve it, so that’s also part of my thinking.”
Mr Ayoub secured 33 per cent of the two-party preferred vote compared to Mr Coulton who won with 67 per cent.
My Ayoub spoke graciously about his defeat, praising his opponent for being “one of the true gentlemen of Australian politics”.
“It made my running in Parkes all the more enjoyable that he was my opponent because we could appear on radio together and in the media and have a genuine debate about our party’s policies rather than our personal faults,” My Ayoub said.
“I think the fact that we were able to maintain a good public discourse is an example to campaigns all across the country, I really do believe that.”