How to be the best politician in your town
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Politicians are often lauded for their work as they strive to become local heroes, but what is it like to be one?
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What is it really like to live in a politician’s constituency?
“There are times when I feel like I’m living in a foreign land.”
That was the thought process of Sushmitas Davic, who ran for election to the South Australian parliament in 2014.
“There are a lot of things that happen, and you just have to keep moving,” Davic told Fairfax Media.
“You have to take your time, but you have to be patient.”
In this clip, Davic and his wife, Karina, are chatting in his electorate office, just outside Adelaide.
In 2017, Davics political career began when he was elected to parliament as a candidate for the Greens.
“It’s kind of surreal because you have such an iconic figure in politics who is an icon of the community,” Davics wife Karina Davic said.
“He is a really big character and that’s something that we want to bring back and bring back in a big way.”
The couple are not just trying to get people to give up on politics, but also the idea of political career itself.
“There’s so much pressure on us, it’s almost a burden,” Karina said.
“It’s very hard.
We can’t think about what we want for the future.”
Davic, now 49, says the pressure of politics is a burden on his family.
“We have two little kids and a couple of years down the line, we will have a lot more responsibility and it will be really tough,” he said.
Davaic has been married to Karina for 15 years and has four children.
He said it was important for them to see the world through a politician and not as a character.
“I think it’s really important that we do not lose sight of the fact that we are politicians,” DavIC said.
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