Alan Hunter with Nationals Senator Fiona Nash.
Alan Hunter with Nationals Senator Fiona Nash.

Nationals preselect new candidate

Grassroots Richmond Nationals members will meet in Chinderah on June 19 to preselect a new candidate for the federal election, due later this year.

A meeting of the Richmond Nationals executive on Monday agreed to open the process on June 1; close nominations on June15; and conduct the preselection the following Saturday.

This will coincide with the Tweed Nationals preselection for which sitting Member Geoff Provest is the only candidate.

Richmond Nationals Chairman Alan Hunter said the party was highly confident of preselecting a quality candidate to take on the incumbent Labor MP.

"The tide is turning against the Rudd Government, particularly in regional Australia and definitely in Richmond," Mr Hunter said.

"The Nationals are the only party exclusively dedicated to representing regional areas like the North Coast, and we are best able to deliver results for the people of Richmond."

Mr Hunter said potential candidates need not necessarily be current members of the Nationals.

"What grassroots members will really be looking for is a strong local champion who will stand up for local people in a Parliament dominated by city interests."

People interested in standing should contact the Richmond Nationals Vice Chairman Alan Martin on 0400 402 106, (07) 5524 6938 or email: alanmartin1117@hotmail.com

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