INDI Liberals will have a candidate locked in to contest the next federal election before Christmas as sitting member Cathy McGowan continues to keep voters guessing on her intentions to seek a third term in office.
The Liberal Party has confirmed a preselection convention will be held on December 8 at a venue to be determined.
Steve Martin, who worked as a project manager on the $52.5 million Mars Petcare Wodonga plant expansion, intends to be candidate in the Indi preselection battle.
He is performing a similar role for Seeley International’s relocation from Albury to Wodonga.
Businessman Stephen Brooks, who is originally from the Cobram-Barooga area, will also be a nomination.
Former member for Indi, Sophie Mirabella’s husband Greg has not ruled contesting the preselection with nominations closing on November 22.
The Indi Liberals were forced to hold a preselection in 2015 when Mrs Mirabella beat Kevin Ekendahl and Andrew Walpole.
Ms McGowan on Wednesday was unable to pinpoint when she would say whether she would contest the next federal election.
"I will definitely do it before the next election because people are all asking me about it," Ms McGowan said.
"I'm in the middle of succession planning now and ideally it would be before Christmas but it could take a bit longer."
Meanwhile, Nationals state director Matt Harris said his party had made no plans to hold a preselection in Indi before the end of the year.
In 2015, Marty Corboy beat one other rival for party preselection for the election the following year which was the first time the Nationals contested a federal poll since 2001 when the late Don Chambers was the candidate.
Senator Bridget McKenzie hasn’t ruled out a switch to the lower house and running for Indi after she establishes her electorate office in Wodonga in the new year.
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