You Can Vote, Then Feel Relief; CONFUSED?: It Has Definitely Been That Sort of Election A[euro]" from the Start to the End

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You Can Vote, Then Feel Relief; CONFUSED?: It Has Definitely Been That Sort of Election A[euro]" from the Start to the End


Byline: Troy Kippen Troy.Kippen@mydailynews.com.au

IT'S that time when 59 candidates for the Tweed Shire Council election wait with bated breath for 50,044 people to vote.

The voting system is confusing enough.

Who was running was equally mystifying, with Phil Youngblutt and Kevin Skinner changing their minds about bowing out.

Cr Skinner decided to run again to support Jayne Henry but Cr Youngblutt wants a seat in the chamber.

Tweed Labor candidate Michael Armstrong and his number two Reece Byrnes put a more afamiliar facea to their campaign launch with former prime minister Kevin Rudd making an appearance to a rock-star reception at a local school.

Seems his face was more important than the faces of Labor numbers three and four, Marion Gardner and Fred Hewison. The party was so keen to control its message that it refused to release their photos.

The Greens' six candidates, yes six, went down to the Jack Evans Boat Harbour with party heavyweight NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge to launch their campaign.

A development the Greens initially opposed made a fine backdrop for a campaign launch.

Some launches did not work out so smoothly with Barry Longland trying to pitch his policy through a rabbit's fur.

Once electioneering started, it was all business from the five-hour, meet-the-candidate meeting in Banora Point to breakfasts with chambers of commerce.

Signs started springing up across the land which drew the ire of the organisation the candidates were racing to represent, Tweed Shire Council.

Rangers roamed the land taking down election signs.

Although there was some effort in the removal of the sign, identifying the culprits was a no-brainer.

Cr Youngblutt kept more under the radar of the roaming rangers with a letterdrop campaign but it was the material, not the method, that had other candidates jumping. …

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