LNP claims Toowoomba South with by-election win
DAVID Janetzki has claimed victory in the seat of Toowoomba South following the by-election.
He claimed victory after a notional count this afternoon.
The Electoral Commission Queensland conducted the count to provide the two leading candidates a good indication of the flow of preferences.
The commission is yet to declare the election as there is still a mathematical possibility that Mr Janetzki's nearest rival, independent candidate Di Thorley, could overtake him.
The first batch of postal votes were tallied this afternoon, leaving Mr Janetzki on 46.42% and Ms Thorley on 35.06%
In a statement he said he was honoured the people of Toowoomba South elected him as their representative in the Queensland Parliament.
"They have my word I will give them my all and be a strong voice for them in State Parliament," he said.
"I promise to work hard for them every day as part of the experienced, competent and enthusiastic LNP team.
"My priorities will be to grow local jobs and small business and to ensure Toowoomba South gets the health and education services our region needs.
"I hope to continue the LNP's strong record of delivering to the people of our community to ensure Toowoomba South is a safe place to live, work and raise a family."
Earlier, his key opponent, Ms Thorley, turned her attentions to her father who suffered a heart attack at the weekend.
A spokeswoman for Ms Thorley declined to comment when contacted by The Chronicle.
Toowoomba South returning officer Peter O'Sullivan said the deadline for postal votes was next Tuesday.
"We won't have a declaration until we have all the postal votes back," Mr O'Sullivan said.
During the campaign Mr Janetzki promised to focus on community safety.
He promised to "appropriately resource" police to address hooning in Kearneys Spring and Darling Heights, petty crime and anti-social behaviour.
Mr Janetzki also pledged to invest in local schools, car parks and hospitals.