Eleven years ago today I contested my first election, and gained 30 votes!
Since then I've stood a few more times, and picked up an additional 3,900 votes.
Never did win a seat though.
I retired from competitive politics at the end of 2019, but since about last March I've been getting regular phone calls every month or so from different people (none of whom I think ever voted for me) questioning my resolve to stay retired.
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