Former mayoral candidate Kim Edwards is writing a book about the campaign race for local government.
Former mayoral candidate Kim Edwards is writing a book about the campaign race for local government. Warren Lynam

Kim has a novel approach to poll

FORMER candidate Kim Edwards has begun writing a fictional novel based on her experiences during the 2012 Sunshine Coast mayoral campaign.

Ms Edwards said she had told most of her fellow candidates what she was doing and hoped to have the book published by year's end.

The busy founder-CEO of the Sea English Academy, Ms Edwards said the election campaign was the hardest thing she had ever done.

The book will be largely positive about her journey as a woman running for mayor.

One of two females in the race for the top job, Ms Edwards finished sixth with 9968 votes (6.25%), but said her call for further inquiry into the conduct of the campaign was not a case of sour grapes.

She would like to see major electoral reform to level the playing field and ensure that the weight of money did not play an undue influence.

Ms Edwards would like to see the media provide each candidate with equal coverage, the electoral commission to send information on each candidate to people's homes and for an end to booth workers at polling places.

Instead each candidate's how-to-vote card could be displayed on a wall she said.

"The media played a role which made it more difficult and it hurt," Ms Edwards said.

While her book will be fiction, some will be anxious to see if they can be identified among the characters.



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