Buchholz back as MP says thanks to 600-strong volunteer army
WHEN the election began for the seat of Wright, betting markets had LNP candidate Scott Buchholz tipped at $1.001 - if you bet $100 you would win a cent.
But the 45-year-old said he still had "grand final butterflies" in his stomach on election day.
He didn't need to feel nervous though, after 71% of the vote was counted Mr Buchholz had stormed away with more than 61% of the two-party preferred vote ahead of ALP opponent Sharon Murakami on 38%.
"My team and I backed ourselves on the work we had done since I was elected in 2010," he said.
Mr Buchholz singled out his work to improve the horticultural and dairy sector in his electorate and the efforts undertaken to help the community during the devastating floods.
He said he had been humbled by the show of support in his community with "no less than 600 LNP volunteers out at 62 booths across the electorate on election day".
With the Coalition now in power Mr Buchholz said his new government would encourage strong economic growth and live within its means.
Residents would have greater job security, reduced cost of living pressures and a government with less debt and an improved budget bottom line.
Mr Buchholz said believed the LNP had won the Federal Election because they had run a very disciplined campaign against the "dysfunction and division" of the Labor Party.
"This is why Labor's primary vote was the lowest it's been in 100 years," he said.
HOW YOU VOTED
- Stephen Lynch FAM 2.39%
- Tony Maunder RUAP 0.69%
- Judith Summers GREENS 5.23%
- David Neuendorf KAP 5.40%
- Angie Elaine Ison PUP 15.08%
- Matthew Wright IND 2.11%
- Sharon Murakami ALP 21.67%
- Scott Buchholz LNP 47.43%