La­bor can­di­date un­de­cided on re­run

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

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.”

Jack Ay­oub

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