HITTING THE HUSTINGS: Trevor Grandin is running for Division 5 in the March council elections.
HITTING THE HUSTINGS: Trevor Grandin is running for Division 5 in the March council elections. Rob Williams

A higher power wants Trev to run in 2016 council elections

IT was a call from God that set born again Christian Trevor Grandin on the path to political history.

A familiar face in the public gallery during council meetings, Mr Grandin has announced he will run for Division 5, which will be vacated by retiring councillor Heather Morrow at the election.

The 69-year-old, who lives at Whitehill Gardens Senior Suites at Raceview, said he has the health and stamina to run and the experience to represent the people.

But the former civil engineer and taxi driver said he won't be standing on a platform of senior issues.

"I don't feel I am old. Some people call me old but I'm not old," Mr Grandin said.

"I can contribute to that council as a younger member of the council would. I can mix it with them. I can outdo them, not that they know it yet."

Mr Grandin said he had thought about running at the last election and his attempts to run in 2016 stalled until God intervened.

"Initially I wanted to run and I got sick. I had a bad leg and lung problems and I was under tremendous stress and so I thought blow this, I'm not running. I gave up the idea," he said.

"One morning I believe God spoke to me. He said Trevor, the time wasn't right before because I made you sick. He said I've given your health back and he said I want you to run.

Trevor Grandin is a candidate for the division 5 council elections. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Trevor Grandin is a candidate for the division 5 council elections. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

"And that is why I am running.

"A call from God. My life is built around that.

"It is just a feeling. I was just standing there and I didn't hear anything, but I felt he was talking to me and I felt a great desire to go for it and he is helping me to do it.

"Why me? Because I have the qualifications to do it. I have the desire to do it. I have the feeling for the community to do it. I've got the community at heart. I'm a truthful man. I speak what is on my mind."

The sign on Mr Grandin's door says "Bloke Heaven". It doesn't refer to his split from his wife but to his work as a volunteer with the Whitehill Church of Christ at Raceview.

"I'm a heavenly bloke," he said.

His ambitions do not stop at Ipswich City Council. Mr Grandin said he would not run for a second term in Division 5 in 2020 at age 72, but would turn to state politics.

"I'm going to align myself with the Liberal Party and try to get pre-selection.

"And then I'm on to Federal.

"And I'm also looking further ahead. When we become a Republic I will stand for President of Australia."

He has signed up to do Taekwondo at the PCYC, organised his calling cards with the printer, and despite a front-end prang on his mobility scooter, is organising with insurance to get back on the road and hit the hustings.

"I believe I have the stamina. I do not believe there is a young person who can do the job properly, not like I can anyway."

The latest candidates for the 2016 Ipswich council elections.
The latest candidates for the 2016 Ipswich council elections. Centro Art


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