Kimbo’s election summary

October 16, 2016|Posted in: Campaign Diary

I haven’t had the energy to look into the results yet (been busy taking down signs), but here’s what I have to say about the election for now.

I’m grateful for and ecstatic about the #GoKimbo2016 vote. At this stage, we’ve done the best out of the minor parties and independents throughout Canberra.

Importantly, it looks like we are going to make the public funding threshold of 4% which means that we’ll be giving a big cheque to a local charity. Go Kimbo and Canberra 2016! More details to come.

I’ll thank everyone in the team personally and privately, but want to send out a big ‘THANKYOU’ to the GoKimbo2016 Facebookers around the world. I had hardly ever used FB before July, but have come to appreciate it for the following reasons.

  1. When I was down I could flick on my phone and see all the words and clicks of encouragement.
  2. I’m not sure how to understand our FB reach, but reckon that the quality of engagement has been very high. There’s been plenty of critical questions and comments, which have improved my understanding of all manner of issues. Many of your comments suggest that you are funny fu#kers, which I like very much.
  3. I know it has less admirable elements, but through FB we’ve been able to connect with people in and beyond Belco despite our relatively meagre resources. I think that there’s a lot to say for it as a democratic medium.

Facebookers may not know that we started campaigning later than just about anyone. We’ve run in what is often regarded as the toughest ACT electorate given the number and quality of candidates.

We’ve never asked anyone for favours or money.

I’m not ashamed to say that we had no local politics experience whatsoever, which is why we were not hampered by rules or conventions. Every day was new.

We have entirely rejected the sort of scheming, calculating and cowardly politics that relies on fear, ignorance and inertia for votes.

We had a positive, not just protest agenda, with detailed and well-researched policies relating to issues that matter.

#GoKimbo2016 tried to give people something to think about about, something to smile about and something to believe in.

And after less than two months of joyous effort, around 5 out of 100 people in our electorate put a “1” next to “Kim Huynh”. How good is that?

And how good is this? Look at this picture of the #GoKimbo2016 campaign team at the stellar election party (thanks Yvonne Carter, Mum, Nanna, Thuong and BTC).

The stupid pose is mine as always. I’m feeling and appear as tired as hell. But look at Ciara O’Brien, Duncan Stuart, Tom Chen, Nicky Lovegrove and Sumithri Venketasubramanian! Look at their eyes and behold their creativity, daring and smarts.

#GoKimbo2016 is the just the start of wildy better things to come. K

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