Madden draws top spot in small field
IPSWICH West's Labor candidate Jim Madden has drawn the number one spot on the ballot for the state election but sitting LNP member Sean Choat sees a positive omen in landing the number two position.
Mr Madden was at the draw conducted by Electoral Commission Queensland in Brassall yesterday and was relieved to have secured a better position than his previous ballot while a Somerset councillor.
"The last ballot I was on for Somerset Regional Council there were 21 candidates and I was number 21 on the ballot," Mr Madden grinned.
"So number one is an excellent draw. I hope it is a good omen for the election."
Mr Choat was hailing his "lucky number two".
"It is my wife Nicky's favourite number, so there is a bit of an omen there," he said.
"It is going to be a short campaign but I love being on the ground doing all the grass roots stuff."
Five candidates will contest Ipswich West.
One Nation's Chris Reynolds, Greens candidate Ian Simons and Independent Leo Talty also threw their hats in the ring.
Mr Talty has previously run unsuccessfully for the Somerset Regional Council.
"I used to work with Leo at in TAFE and he is a lovely man," Mr Choat said.
Meanwhile, Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Mr Madden's draw was "good for Labor in Ipswich West".
"Being top of the ticket helps with the donkey votes and can be worth 1 to 2 % with compulsory preferential voting, but this is diminished by the optional preferential system of Queensland and the just vote one strategies of the major parties," he said.
Who will you vote for in Ipswich West in 2015?
This poll ended on 31 January 2015.
1. Jim Madden - ALP
2. Sean Choat - LNP
3. Chris Reynolds - ONE NATION
4. Leo Talty - INDEPENDENT
5. Ian Simons - GREENS
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.