FORMER Riverine Herald journalist Stephanie Ryan has been endorsed as the National Party candidate for the newly created seat of Euroa at the November state election.
Ms Ryan emerged the victor from a two-way battle for pre-selection with Wangaratta’s Martin Corboy on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was born at Murchison and studied journalism in Melbourne before securing a job with the Echuca- based newspaper.
She has more recently been a policy adviser to Victorian Water, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh after previously being a media adviser to Nationals leader Peter Ryan and former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu.
“I know how to get things done in government and deliver for the new electorate of Euroa,” Ms Ryan said.
“I will bring fresh ideas to the Parliament and I have the energy and passion to deliver for the entire community.
“My campaign has started and I look forward to meeting and talking with as many people as I can over the coming months.”
The Euroa electorate includes the Hume Highway towns of Euroa and Seymour and local government areas of Campaspe, Greater Bendigo, Mitchell and Strathbogie.
But Benalla remains the biggest centre in the seat.
The Nationals’ Bill Sykes has held the seat of Benalla for 11 years, but recently announced his decision to retire from politics.
State president Peter Schwarz said the election of Ms Ryan by the membership was a strong pointer of generational change sweeping through the party.
Ministers Jeanette Powell and Hugh Delahunty have also announced their retirements.