2016 council elections: Greyhound decision bites Liberals at local level

LIBS MISS OUT: From left: Liberal Party-endorsed candidates Mitchel Hanlon, Noel O'Brien and Gerry Griffiths all missed on election for Tamworth Regional Council. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 050816GOC01

LIBS MISS OUT: From left: Liberal Party-endorsed candidates Mitchel Hanlon, Noel O'Brien and Gerry Griffiths all missed on election for Tamworth Regional Council. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 050816GOC01

THE state government’s recent call to ban greyhound racing may have come back to bite Liberal party candidates at this year’s local government elections. 

The Liberal Party endorsed three candidates for Tamworth Regional Council, none of whom were successful. 

Noel O’Brien, the lead candidate for the Liberals in Tamworth, said they “had a couple of things factoring against [them]”.

“It hasn’t been done before, so we thought we’d run it and test it,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There was a reaction to the Liberal Party on the greyhound decision.

“And I received a couple of emails which said I pulled the wrong string going with the Liberals.”

The region did not endorse the political party at this year’s election, but Mr O’Brien said it was a “brilliant campaign”.

“The camaraderie among the candidates was fantastic. They all would have made a great contribution,” he said.

Mr O’Brien wasn’t certain whether he would have another run for council.

“If the opportunity comes up, I’ll think about it. I won’t run as an endorsed candidate, I’ll do it on my own,” Mr O’Brien said.

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