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For those not on my email list, my final campaign update:

Hello volunteers, supporters and the curious,

Well, it's officially over! Cassy O'Connor (Greens) won the seat, with John Kelly second. I finished 4th with 3,124 votes distributed (final numbers will be known Tuesday 14 May but they won't change the overall result). All the results are here. And for a blow-by-blow account check out Kevin Boham's blog here.

It's been a massive effort – so many of you have been involved one way or another, letterboxing, doorknocking, donating, hosting posters, spreading the word, campaign planning and advice, policy input, and moral support. It can be a lonely business, especially doorknocking day after day. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done. I won't list everyone individually – I did some of that last Saturday evening and you know who you are! Actually, a handful of exceptions:

– Rob Valentine, the retired member for Hobart. Last February Rob encouraged me to stand and has supported me in so many ways throughout the campaign. He was an outstanding member for Hobart and as I doorknocked my way around Hobart so many people said how much they respected him and how he'd assisted them in one way or another. His endorsement was definitely a huge help.

– Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent member for Clark, who endorsed my campaign and also provided a lot of advice on the campaign trail. Again, his endorsement counted for a lot, based on comments from people as I doorknocked.

– Cath Robinson designed all of my material, often at short notice. She was incredibly patient and responsive, and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her work!

– Peter Robinson took my official campaign photos – especially the billboard photo on the waterfront so many people have commented on. Again, highly recommended!

– Meg Webb, Independent member for Nelson. Meg is adamant the Legislative Council should be independent (I agree), and with her advisor Cath Hughes gave me heaps of advice and support throughout the campaign – at all hours of the day and night!

– Yvette Watt, my partner, who despite saying the one thing she WOULDN'T do was doorknock, did exactly that. And so much more – including coordinating leaflets for letterboxing (and did a heap of that herself), no end of administrivia for events and campaign work, and generally spending time supporting me when she could/should have been making art. It was a huge sacrifice and I will be eternally grateful.

I don't know what I could have done better or differently – other than not running against 2 parties and a high profile candidate on Hobart City Council! But I'll be debriefing with various people to hear their ideas – feel free to get in touch if you have constructive (or any) feedback 🙂

I'm incredibly happy and fortunate to have an amazing job to return to, Deputy CEO of TasCOSS, with an amazing team of people committed to making Tasmania a fairer place for everyone. Thank you CEO Adrienne Picone for supporting my almost-2 month absence to campaign!

Thanks again and best wishes,

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Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart
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It's official – I'm out of the count. I finished 4th on 3,124 votes.

Preference distribution is continuing with Cassy O'Connor (Green), John Kelly (Ind) and John Kamara (ALP) still in the race, in that order.

So this is a final HUGE thank you to everyone who supported my campaign! It was a massive effort and we made a big impact – just not *quite* big enough! 🙂
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