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Popular M'boro politician Chris Foley may rise again

CHRIS Foley may throw his hat in the ring to fight tooth and nail for the people of Maryborough - if the people want him.

The former state MP, who once had the highest margin in Queensland, admitted he missed the job and had considered throwing his hat back in the ring to represent the electorate.

"If I went back in I would fight tooth and nail and every time I got wind of services being cut," he said.

Chris Foley on his Harley Davidson with pets.
Chris Foley on his Harley Davidson with pets. Robyne Cuerel

Mr Foley said he's been stopped by people in the street "pleading" with him to run for State Parliament again.

"At least you fought for Maryborough, is the very common thing (they say)," he said.

He defeated Liberal candidate Anne Maddern at the 2009 State Election by about 7000 votes, but couldn't hold her off in 2012, losing by only 170 votes.

Since losing the election in 2012 Mr Foley has spent his time painting and being a pastor.

The successful musician also indicated he was ready to stand if there was public demand.

"The thing that really spurs me on to consider it, is that I feel Maryborough is being left behind and no one's really fighting for it," he said.

"I've not made any decisions about it yet.

"Having given nine years of my life and four elections, it is a big commitment."

And despite offers to join the Katter and Palmer parties Mr Foley will remain as an independent.

"Its always been my position that an independent is the only person who can really fight for their electorate without fear or favour," he said.

"I got elected as an independent- I will be that till the day I die.

"You're not having your strings pulled by a puppet master."

Sitting Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the LNP was a team of like minded people who worked together.

"I am proud to be part of that team, proud of what we have been able to achieve given the absolutely dreadful state of affairs left by the Labor Government during the period in which Chris Foley was the Member for Maryborough," she said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has denied running against Ms Maddern.

He said his commitment remained to local government.

Topics:  anne maddern, chris foley, maryborough, maryborough mp, state election, vote



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