Tomorrow is a big day for me.
To anyone else, tomorrow might just be any other day. 29 July 2016. A Friday. The end of the working week.
But for me, tomorrow isn’t just the end of the working week. It’s my last day of work.
From tomorrow night, I begin campaigning full time over the 11 weeks until election day.
I can’t deny that it’s a really, really weird feeling. For a long time, balancing a lot of commitments while also working very hard in my ‘day job’ has simply been the norm. From studying an MBA, to chairing the Belconnen Community Council, to promoting Canberra through In The Taratory, to being an active candidate these last six months, I’ve juggled working as well. I haven’t known any other way.
The truth is that I love my job and, if I’m unsuccessful, I’ve lucky enough to have something really exciting to come back to.
But most of all, I want to represent you.
And I want to be the best representative I can possibly be.
That’s why I’ve already walked hundreds of kilometres, knocked on thousands of doors and had countless conversations. I’ve done it because – if I’m lucky enough to be elected on 15 October – I want to go into the Assembly armed with your thoughts, fully versed in your views. Ready to be your voice.
And so that’s what my next 11 weeks look like. Hundreds more kilometres, thousands more doors and meaningful conversations with you, your neighbours and your friends about my fresh ideas and approach.
I promise to wear the tread from my shoes three times over and talk myself hoarse; to finish each day with my head swimming with our conversations.
I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to learn more of the stories that sit behind the doors I knock; your stories. And I can’t wait to meet you.
See you soon.