FORMER Wodonga mayor Mark Byatt is the sole nomination for National Party preselection for the federal seat of Indi.
He has since secured a job with Regional Development Victoria and also served a stint as president of the Murray United soccer team based in Wodonga.
National Party state director Matt Harris confirmed Mr Byatt was the only contender after calling for nominations two weeks ago.
“Subject to ratification, approval processes, he will be the Nationals candidate in Indi,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Byatt is expected to be formally endorsed as the candidate on Monday and will take on recently elected Voices for Indi candidate Helen Haines, Liberal Steve Martin and Labor’s Eric Kerr.
Mr Byatt and Mr Kerr served together on Wodonga Council.
The Nationals candidate at the 2016 election Marty Corboy didn’t nominate before the deadline.
The Border Mail attempted to make contact with Mr Byatt for comment on Friday night, but was unsuccessful.
The response to the call for National Party nominations in Indi is in stark contrast to the recent Mallee preselection required following the retirement of Andrew Broad.
Dr Anne Webster won the preselection ahead of five other contenders.
Mr Byatt was the general manager of former cross-border tourism body, Destination Albury-Wodonga, when he was elected to Wodonga Council in 2008 and stayed in the tourism role for 12 months before resigning.
He also worked at Wodonga TAFE.
Mr Byatt is originally from the Corryong area where his father Benny is one of the legendary figures of the Upper Murray league.
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