SIGN OF TIMES: Division 3 candidate Jim Dodrill with one of several defaced election signs that make him suspect a “dirty tricks” campaign against him.
SIGN OF TIMES: Division 3 candidate Jim Dodrill with one of several defaced election signs that make him suspect a “dirty tricks” campaign against him.

Dodrill suspects 'dirty tricks'

JIM Dodrill suspects some "dirty tricks" are at play in Division 3 ahead of the Ipswich council elections on March 19.

Mr Dodrill's election signs in three suburbs were targeted with black spray paint on the weekend.

"Last Sunday morning at 7am as I drove to the bread shop, I discovered what amounts to the beginning of the dirty tricks of the election campaign," he said.

"At locations in Redbank Plains, Kruger Parade and Collingwood Park, some of my signs had been vandalised with black spray paint. Some of the painting was crude and violent in nature.

"It is disappointing that there are some in our community who have no respect for the democratic process."

The QT does not suggest that Mr Dodrill's political opponents were behind the campaign.

But he did send us several pictures which revealed that opponents' signs in the immediate vicinity to his were unscathed.

"Tellingly, where my opponents had placed signs next to mine, their signs were untouched whereas mine had clearly been targeted for vandalism," he said.

Mr Dodrill is one of the favourites to win Division 3. He will go to the polls in a fortnight against Kerry Silver, Danny Donohue, Patricia Petersen, Steven Wood and Hayley Finocchio.

Mr Dodrill came under fire in a letter to the editor on Wednesday, but in today's QT on page 13 he refutes those claims strongly with a letter of his own.

Mr Dodrill said he won 31% of the vote at the 2012 election and suspects there are forces at play that don't want him in council.

"I absolutely do suspect there is a dirty tricks campaign going on, which started with the vandalism of my signs and continued with the unsubstantiated claims of this character (Steve) Paulsen with a letter to the editor," he said.

Mr Dodrill said he suspected the campaign against him suggested he was going well on the ground in his division and that he was a threat to the status quo in council.

"I believe there are people with things to hide who don't want me asking questions and exposing any of their activities once I am in office."



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