The State election’s months away but the Premier is well and truly on the hustings.

This afternoon, he presented a special award to a train guard who was allegedly racially abused.

Meanwhile, Mr Newman’s old foe in Ashgrove, Kate Jones, has been formally confirmed as Labor’s candidate.

Eric Thorpe reports.

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The battle for Ashgrove is on!

Kate Jones kicked-off her first day as Labor’s candidate by taking to the air on 4BC this morning.

Kate Jones, Labor Candidate:”I think that people deserve to have a real contest in Ashgrove and that is why I’m standing and I’m going to listen to their concerns on the phone and on the doorstep.”

The former minister wasted no time going straight on the attack against Campbell Newman.

Kate Jones, Labor Candidate: “He promised to cut electricity prices, he promised to deliver a better government and what have we got, the exact opposite.”

The Premier quick to return fire.

Campbell Newman. Premier: “I’ve got a track record around this electorate that is better than the former member achieved in six years and I’ve only been a member for two-and-a-half-years.”

In a sign the election may not be far away.

Campbell Newman was visible all over town today, appearing this afternoon to present a special award to the guard allegedly racially abused on a Brisbane train.

The Premier holds Ashgrove by a thin margin of 5.7% with a Channel 7 poll finding more than half the electorate already favour Jones.

If Campbell Newman wants to keep his job as Premier, he is going to have to work hard to convince locals here in Ashgrove he deserves re-election.

Support in the electorate is hard to find though.

Vox 1: “I think he concentrated too much on saving money and not enough on services.”

Vox 2: “I just think the policies have been a bit mean.”

A date for the election is yet to be announced.

Eric Thorpe, QUT News.