NEW LEADERSHIP: With the next election fast approaching, we asked Damien Tessmann if he would be putting his hand up to once again run for mayor in the March 2020 election.
NEW LEADERSHIP: With the next election fast approaching, we asked Damien Tessmann if he would be putting his hand up to once again run for mayor in the March 2020 election. Kate McCormack

'I miss it': Ex councillor could shake up election vote

AT THE last local government election, nearly a quarter of South Burnett residents believed Damien Tessmann was the best person to lead the region as mayor.

He fell short of the region's top job to Keith Campbell by a margin of 1293 votes.

With the next election fast approaching, we asked Mr Tessmann if he would be putting his hand up to once again run for mayor in the March 2020 election.

The dairy farmer and former Division 3 councillor was remaining tight-lipped but did say the thought had crossed his mind.

"It is too early to really say yes or no," he said.

"To be honest I have thought about it, I'm not going to lie."

The 32-year-old believes we live in a progressive region and it was time for the next generation to step up.

"I've grown frustrated with things that are happening," Mr Tessmann said.

"Having lived and worked away from the region I've come away with a lot of ideas.

"I genuinely think we are being left behind," he said.

"I think the region needs new leadership."

Mr Tessmann first became a councillor at 21 and he was not prepared to say his days in politics were over just yet.

"I did miss it," he said.

"It's still too early to make a firm decision.

"Anything could change."