MITCHELL Frost talked about the hard yards as we took a break at Old Gympie Railway Station yesterday.
The Gympie Times had interrupted him as he was handing out Palmer United Party flyers across the road from the Tozer St office of the Electoral Commission of Queensland.
It is a venue where well over 1000 people have already taken the chance to vote early in Saturday's state election.
The candidate was reluctant to leave his post, but accepted the offer of an interview - but not the coffee.
"Water's important," he said as we headed to the relative cool of the Rattler restaurant, the Iron Horse Steakhouse, in the old station dining room.
Fresh from air-conditioning, I ordered tea, but after the hot sun in Tozer St the good-natured candidate opted for refrigerated water.
Not too proud to acknowledge his "invisible man" persona earlier in the campaign, he talked about his absence from the Chamber of Commerce-organised candidates night at Gympie Civic Centre last week.
"I just couldn't make it that night," he said.
It has been a long and sometimes lonely campaign for the young man, whose first task has been to try to reinforce a new party's presence in the Gympie electorate.
"There are 28 booths on Saturday and we've got 23 covered so far," he said.
So how did he get into this and for what does he stand?
"I finished school and wanted to be a plumber, but after the GFC nobody would take me on and jobs were really hard to find," the Pomona district resident said.
"I'm a purchasing officer for a retail outlet."
But Mr Frost says he knows how hard life can be without employment - and that is part of the problem he wants to address.
"I believe in the party and its principles, so I said to Clive Palmer I would be prepared to stand," he said.
Mr Frost first ran for election in South Australia because that was where Mr Palmer needed him, but now he is closer to home.
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