FORMER Albury mayor Alice Glachan is contemplating running for the Liberal Party in the NSW seat that her late father held for 15 years.
The councillor of 14 years told The Border Mail she was pondering entering the Liberal preselection contest to replace member for Albury Greg Aplin, who announced on August 1 he would retire at next year’s election.
“It’s something my family and I have discussed and no doubt we will discuss again,” Cr Glachan said.
“It is there to be considered, it is a potential opportunity.”
Cr Glachan was hesitant to say when she would make a final decision, noting preselection nominations were yet to be formerly sought by the party.
“I never rush into anything,” she said.
“If there is a genuine opportunity I wait for that to happen, so no decision will be made until a decision needs to be made.”
If the Albury Beacon Lighting franchisee did decide to seek preselection it would not be the first time she has had a tilt at Liberal Party endorsement for a parliamentary role.
In 2005, Cr Glachan contested Liberal preselection for the Victorian state seat of Benambra.
She lost to Wodonga policeman Bill Tilley, who subsequently won election in 2006 and remains the member for Benambra.
The Liberal Party preselected a female local government councillor, Julia Ham, for the September 8 Wagga by-election forced by former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire exiting after an ICAC probe.
Cr Glachan’s father Ian Glachan was the member for Albury from 1988 to 2003, having won the seat from Labor incumbent Harold Mair.
He retired in 2003 and was succeeded by Mr Aplin.