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Locals vie for Nationals

Former Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan.
Former Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan.

A FEDERAL election may still be 18 months away but the Nationals are getting organised with a preselection ballot set down for June 30.

Former Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan was first to throw his hat in the ring and Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson has hinted he may do the same by the end of next week.

Mr Hogan formally stood down as chairman of the Nationals' Page Electorate Council to nominate himself for the position.

Asked why the preselection was being held so far from the next scheduled election in late 2013, Mr Hogan said the Nationals wanted to be prepared for an early election because of the instability of the Gillard Government.

"I feel strongly about contesting the seat, as the Labor Government, I believe, has been disappointing on many fronts," he said.

"A voter told me yesterday 'I can't afford to vote for Janelle Saffin and Labor next time'.

"I believe this mood is in the community and am offering myself as an alternative.

"I am committed to a change in government and would be a passionate voice for the people of Page.

"We need to create local jobs, so our children don't have to leave the area."

Mr Williamson said yesterday he hadn't yet signed his application for preselection but was "leaning that way".

Alumy Creek farmer Fiona Leviny, rumoured to be seeking preselection, confirmed yesterday she would not be doing so.

The Examiner was unable to confirm any further preselection candidates yesterday.

"A number of people have told me they are considering running," Mr Hogan said.

Topics:  federal election, kevin hogan, preselection


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