Writing about the recent Frome by-election in South Australia made me remember the lower house state elections back in 2006 when I voted for Mark Parnell of the South Australian Greens. To date he's been the only politician aside from Bob Brown who has ever returned a message I sent to them. The again, I suspect many members of parliament don't use those blasted email intertube things :).
Hello Mr Parnell, congratulations to you and The Greens South Australia on your won seat following the March election!
I voted for the Greens because I’m a firm supporter of the principals of your party and am very pleased The Greens now have a voice in South Australian politics. You’ve all done an amazing job and I look foward to hearing about how The Greens are changing South Australia for the better in this term and in the future.
Yours Most Pleased,
His reply, less than a few hours later:
Thanks very much Ruben. I was sworn in today – so now it’s down to business.
Greens SA Member of Legislative Council
I really admire Mark, being the lone Green in the state must get pretty intimidating! I appreciate his sense of humour; his down to earth approach to interviews and voting; and surprising lack of hot air when discussing issues. We need more people like him.
Not to mention his website is pretty slick!