Johnstown Tribune’s republican candidate wins election
Johnstown tribunes republican candidate John O’Neill has won a seat in the NSW state parliament for the first time.
Mr O’Neil, who won his seat in September’s election, is the first Indigenous person to hold the position.
The 39-year-old, who also served as a police officer in New South Wales for seven years, said he was excited to be representing the people of Johnstown and that he was proud to be a “real representative of the people”.
“I am a real Indigenous person, I know how important it is for our community to be represented,” he said.
“I’m going to represent the people.”
The seat, which covers parts of the western and central NSW regions, will be held by John O. Campbell, a former member of the NSW Legislative Assembly.
Mr Campbell is a former police officer, police commissioner and former police chief.
He is also a former community and regional commissioner for Sydney.
In a statement, John O.’
Neill thanked his supporters and said he would be “a fantastic leader for this state and the people it represents”.
“We have come a long way in the past year but this campaign has been about much more than just my campaign,” he added.
“My family, my friends, my community, the women and children of this community deserve better.”