I lost badly.
This is not unimportant.
There are a number of factors which I think led to this crushing defeat.
1) It was a very hard constituency to win, at least for my platform and background.
2) There was a lot of concern about the viability of electing Independent candidates.
3) The electorate retreated to traditional party systems, even if they agreed on the need to move beyond the two parties.
4) The Independent candidates were limited in terms of resources compared to the party machineries of the PLP and the OBA.
5) My platform had some weaknesses.
6) My campaign strategy went a bit awry. [My intention to publish a series of media pieces fell through.]
7) Compared to the party candidates I had limited canvassing ‘face-time’.
8) Two Independents competing for the same constituency undermined the message about voting Independent.
I’m going to try and expand on these over the next bit. See if I can identify what to do differently next time. There may also be some other factors which I haven’t considered yet.
I should say though, that while I was running to win, winning or losing the seat was of secondary importance. Much more important was using the campaign to get my platform message to a far wider audience than the one constituency. And I think I was successful in that. I’ve planted a bit of a seed and laid the foundation for future alternative politics for either myself or others to build upon.