Arjay Martin happy with second position for Charlestown ballot

Arjay Martin Independent candidate receives a kiss from his 2 y.o. daughter Evelina after securing number 2 spot in the ballot draw at Charleston electoral office booth. Photo by PHIL HEARNE
Arjay Martin Independent candidate receives a kiss from his 2 y.o. daughter Evelina after securing number 2 spot in the ballot draw at Charleston electoral office booth. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

He was the second candidate to nominate for the seat of Charlestown and his name will be second on the ballot paper.

And Independent Arjay Martin was hopeful second position would collect him a share of the donkey vote after a ballot draw for placement at Charlestown Electorate Office on Thursday.

Seven candidates have been officially endorsed for the Charlestown seat following a ceremonious lottery draw for voting card positions.

After the candidate’s names were cut into ‘‘nice little slips’’ and placed in a make shift barrel – and Mr Martin had given the box a shake for good luck– the returning officer pulled out a name and announced ‘‘the first candidate is Jane Oakley, Greens’’.

But Independent Mr Martin said he ‘‘might be a defacto number one’’, for people who don’t like the Greens.

‘‘A lot of people who will donkey vote might not vote for the greens...I think it will help with people who don’t like the Greens but still like donkey voting,’’ Mr Martin, a professional photographer and Roy Morgan researcher, said. 

Greens candidate Jane Oakley said by phone, ‘‘it’s obviously nice to be at the top of the list".

But she hoped voters would put a one at the top of their ballots to vote for ‘‘our great policies".

The last name to be pulled from the barrel– or rather box – was Independent Luke Arms.

Mr Arms thought he might gather a few votes from the "reverse donkey".

While Christian Democratic Party Brian Tucker was glad to have moved up a couple of notches from the bottom rung position he held in last year’s bi-election.

Liberal candidate Jason Pauling, who came in at sixth position admitted ‘‘it could be better’’ but said if he’d done his job properly it ‘‘won’t matter on election day’’.  

Labor candidate and Charlestown mayor Jodie Harrison said it was exiting to be at the draw.

"But voters are intelligent people" who will vote the way they choose no matter what position people have on a ballot paper, Cr Harrison, who drew third position, said. 

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