BENALLA physiotherapist Tony Schneider has confirmed he has nominated for pre-selection as the Liberal Party candidate for the newly created seat of Euroa at the November state election.
He lodged his nomination after pre-selection was opened by Liberal Party headquarters last week, after the recent decision to challenge the National Party’s grip on the seat of Benalla.
Nominations close on Friday.
Mr Schneider has been the Indi federal electorate conference chairman since 2010 and is considered the front-runner to secure pre-selection.
He declined to comment when contacted yesterday.
Mr Schneider is also the president of the Benalla branch of the Liberal Party.
The retirement of the member for Benalla Bill Sykes and the creation of the seat of Euroa convinced the Liberals to take on their Coalition partner, the Nationals.
Benalla remains the biggest population centre in the Euroa electorate, which falls largely into the Indi federal electorate.
The towns of Bright, Myrtleford, Glenrowan and ski resorts Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain have been switched to Ovens, which another National MP Tim McCurdy will attempt to retain in November.
Mr McCurdy is the member for Murray Valley after replacing long-serving MP Ken Jasper in the lead-up to the last state election.
Labor hasn’t confirmed a candidate for the seat of Ovens to date, but Clare Malcolm has been chosen as the party’s candidate in Euroa.
Former journalist Stephanie Ryan is the National Party candidate in Euroa after edging out Marty Corboy for the position.
The Liberals ran a candidate in Mallee in last year’s federal election, which was being vacated by National John Forrest.
The Nationals’ Andrew Broad won the seat.
In last year’s federal election, Mr Jasper threw his support behind independent Cathy McGowan, who toppled Liberal Sophie Mirabella.