Division 7 by-election winner Dave Martin did the hard yards
Division 7 by-election winner Dave Martin did the hard yards Rob Williams

OPINION: Martin did hard work to win and followed LBJ advice

US PRESIDENT Lyndon Baines Johnson had a saying that in political campaigns you have to "do everything" in order to win.

Division 7 by-election winner Dave Martin followed LBJ's sage advice.

Mr Martin ran a positive campaign about what he would do to preserve heritage and enhance the older suburbs in his division, along with the message that he would have an infrastructure focus and play his part in ensuring the revitalisation of the CBD.

He also mentioned several nuts and bolts issues that needed addressing in his division.

Mr Martin proved to be a strong campaigner on the ground where his door- knocking of many residents' homes bore fruit.

From the QT's observation the majority of the candidates were impressive and several of them would make solid councillors.

Mr Martin was active, approachable and he kept his message positive.

He did not engage in the social media nonsense and finger pointing that is an obsession of regular election losers on the Ipswich political scene. They could learn a lesson from Mr Martin, but I doubt they will.

Joel Gould


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