FORMER COLAC firefighter Craig Crawford has won a seat at the Queensland state election.
The Labor candidate held 53.2 per cent of the two-party preferred vote for the seat of Barron River with 79.4 per cent of voting counted yesterday.
His Liberal opponent Michael Trout, who had attracted 46.8 per cent of the vote after preferences, conceded defeat to Mr Crawford earlier this week.
Labor secured an 11-per-cent swing against the Liberal National Party at the weekend’s election.
Mr Crawford, who worked as a paramedic in Cairns, said he was excited voters had shown confidence in him.
“I never expected 100 per cent of the vote, but I am acutely aware that I represent all those who live and work in Barron River; this is democracy in action,” he said on his Facebook page.
“I am humbled by your confidence in me and am looking forward to putting the needs of the far north front and centre to those in Brisbane.”
Mr Crawford, 44, moved to Cairns in 2008 after working as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Victoria.
He was a member of the Colac Fire Brigade for 14 years and served four years as captain in the early 2000s.