MP ?takes nothing for granted
Mr Cansdell on Wednesday night was formally preselected during a meeting of the Nationals Clarence Electorate Council.
Maclean-based National Party member Chris Gulaptis ran the meeting in his newly-elected role as chairman of the electorate council.
''Steve has by any standards done an outstanding job as our local member and we are delighted to offer him our support for another term in office,'' Mr Gulaptis said.
Mr Cansdell, who was the sole nominee for the position, confirmed the Liberal Party had again, as in the 2003 election, agreed not to run a candidate to avoid splitting the conservative vote.
Mr Cansdell said he was grateful for the continuing support of party members and pledged to fight hard to retain the seat for the Nationals.
''We might be on a high now with a very unpopular Labor Party Government in Sydney, but I take nothing for granted. The March 2007 election will be close, including here in the Clarence,'' he said.
''This time we have the additional challenge of an electoral boundary redistribution. Some parts of the current seat have been moved to the Coffs Harbour and Ballina electorates, while the Clarence electorate has picked up Casino from the Lismore electorate.