MEMBER for Farrer Sussan Ley will be part of a field of nine candidates after two more nominated for the September 7 election before the deadline yesterday.
The Christian Democratic Party nominated Frank Horwill and the Bullet Train For Australia party put up Lavington’s Tracey Powell to take the number of candidates to nine.
In 2010, when Ms Ley extended her margin to 14.6 per cent, there were eight candidates, while in 2004 there were 10.
In her first election, in 2001, Ms Ley emerged from a field of 12 to win the seat for the Liberals after the retirement of former National Party leader and deputy prime minister Tim Fischer.
The Greens’ Chris Sobey was a candidate in 2001 and is backing up again this year.
Mr Horwill’s hometown of Crawford River is outside the Farrer electorate on the NSW central coast.
The Christian Democratic Party was represented by Yerong Creek farmer James Male at the last federal election.
No independent is running in Farrer this year despite the strong showing of Deniliquin-based candidate Louise Burge in 2010.
Narelle Davis from Rise Up Australia Party drew No. 1 on the ballot paper on election day, with Ms Ley at No. 4.
“It was unexpected, but a nice surprise,” Ms Davis said.
“It is encouraging just the same — not being well known to every voter in the electorate of Farrer it has to be some advantage.”