Libs to choose can­di­date

Five in the run­ning for Indi pre­s­e­lec­tion next week

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­[email protected]­me­

LIB­ERAL Party mem­bers in Indi will meet at Wan­garatta next Satur­day to se­lect their can­di­date for next year’s fed­eral elec­tion.

Ear­lier this week five pre­s­e­lec­tion nom­i­nees were con­firmed by the Lib­er­als, be­ing Stephen Brooks, Sheri­dan Leonard, Steven Martin, Dustin Perry and An­drew Walpole.

Mr Brooks, 35, is a farmer and com­mod­ity trader from Yar­ra­wonga; Mr Leonard, 38, a hu­man re­sources/pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor from Wodonga; Mr Martin, 39, an en­gi­neer from Wodonga; Mr Perry, 34, a build­ing project man­ager from Euroa; and Mr Walpole, 62, an anaes­thetist from Whorouly.

Mr Walpole, along with Kevin Ek­endahl, were pre­s­e­lec­tion can­di­dates ahead of the 2016 elec­tion but lost out to So­phie Mirabella, who was the Indi in­cum­bent from 2001 un­til 2013.

Spec­u­la­tion had sur­rounded whether Ms Mirabella’s hus­band Greg would con­tend.

The Wan­garatta farmer con­sid­ered his age a fac­tor and said the Lib­eral can­di­date should be some­one who could not only be the mem­ber for Indi but a fu­ture min­is­ter in a Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment.

“A lot of our mem­ber­ship has urged me to run over a long time and I’ve al­ways kept an open mind on it,” Mr Mirabella told the Wanga-

ratta Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day. “If I thought I was the best per­son avail­able I would con­sider run­ning.”

Indi Lib­eral chief Tony Sch­nei­der said the pre­s­e­lec­tion con­ven­tion would be held at Wan­garatta High School on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, start­ing at 12pm.

“We have a strong field of five peo­ple who will be con- test­ing the pre­s­e­lec­tion to be the Lib­eral Party can­di­date for Indi at the next fed­eral elec­tion,” he said.

“All Lib­eral Party mem­bers in Indi are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate, which helps to guar­an­tee the in­tegrity and trans­parency of the process as well as max­imis­ing the like­li­hood of pre­s­e­lect­ing a can­di­date who will best con­nect with the vot­ers of Indi.”

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