First vote for teen candidate
SOUTH Grafton teenager Kristen Bromell will vote in a NSW election for the first time on Saturday ... and will vote for himself.
The 18-year-old is a rare breed in political circles – one who decides to run for election almost as soon as he is old enough to vote.
Mr Bromell is running for the Family First party and says he brings with him a strong set of Christian values.
He said he wasn't prepared to take his vote for granted when he became eligible to vote, so, when investigating the parties and what they offered during last year's federal election, he found Family First best matched his views.
But he couldn't vote for them because they didn't have a candidate.
He was determined to fix that for this state election.
Originally from Maryborough, he has been in Grafton for a number of years, having attended Year 7 and 8 at St Andrew's Christian Community School and the remainder of his schooling to Year 12 at Grafton High School.
He said he had been getting strong support from the Family First party with election material.
He said people had a choice to vote for who they wanted.
“They don't have to vote for the big parties,” he said.