Campaign for inner city Ipswich seat has already begun
THE campaign for Division 7 has begun two years out from the next local government elections.
Councillor for Division 7 Andrew Antoniolli responded yesterday to news former Palmer United Party candidate Anthony Stanton would resign from the party and was interested in running for the inner city Ipswich division.
Cr Antoniolli said it was no shock that people were starting to think about the council elections.
"Anthony's a credible candidate. I've known Anthony since he ran for the Federal seat of Blair," Cr Antoniolli said.
"All I can do is continue to stand on my record of listening to the people and acting in their interests and I'm proud to be involved in the rebuilding of our CBD which has been something of a passion of mine since I was first elected.
"You never think that your job is safe but you've got to continue to focus on the long-term vision for Ipswich and not some short-term gain."
In the 2012 election Cr Antoniolli was returned to Division 7 with 77% of the vote against one opponent. He first ran for council in 2000 among six candidates as Gerard Pender ran for the mayoralty.
At 29, he was the youngest councillor to be elected in 21 years.
Mr Stanton will have to move from his permanent address at Karana Downs in Brisbane to Ipswich City to run as a candidate in the next council elections.