GIVING a younger person the chance to make their own mark on the seat of Gregory and Queensland politics is the motivation behind Vaughan Johnson’s announcement today that he would be standing down from politics at the next election.
Mr Johnson, currently the chief whip in the Newman government, has represented Gregory for the National Party and LNP for the past 25 years.
Although he had earlier announced his intention to stand again, he said that “after a think about things” he thought it would be selfish.
“At my age, 67, it’s time to let a younger person stamp their personality on the seat,” he said.
“While we’re in government, it gives them a chance to make their mark.
“At the end of the day it’s not about Vaughan. I’m a team player and it’s about getting the best result.”
The man who always had time for a chat on a street bench with people said the biggest thrill he had gotten out of politics was looking after the needs of the small person.
“We’ve got mining, wheat, sheep, cattle, oil, gas, gemstones and opal in the electorate – it’s a very broad church,” he said.
“Whoever is the new candidate, he or she will have to have a good understanding of it all.”
Mr Johnson expected LNP pre-selection nominations would shortly reopen and people would put themselves forward within the next few days.
“I’ve got six months to go – my job now is to support whoever gets endorsement and ensuring we get the LNP re-elected for the people of Gregory,” he said.