Darryl Bothe has gone from spinning windmills and pumps to the gyrations of federal politics.
As South Australian Senate candidate for the Mature Australia Party, he visited Port Pirie recently.
The Adelaide man grew up in Port Lincoln and worked across the Eyre Peninsula on water systems, repairing windmills and pumps.
He is now a computer information technology expert.
The 51-year-old said his political party started in Queensland about two years ago for people who were not happy living in their retirement villages.
“It is aimed at mature people – older than 50s, self-funded retirees and people progressing to retirement,” he said.
“I honestly believe we have got a real chance … I have a good chance.”
Mr Bothe was welcomed by supporter Barry Delamere who said he had “run the gambit” of voting for the two major parties.
“I have looked at where we are being governed from and it is not Australia – I think it is the United Nations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Bothe said the most important thing he could do for Port Pirie was coming to visit and finding out exactly what is needed and wanted.
He is a former fitter-and-turner and pump technician.
“In other words, he is a real person,” said supporter Dianne Delamere.