Gulaptis nominate for preselection
FORMER Maclean Mayor and candidate for the federal electorate for Page has announced that he is seeking Nationals pre-selection to run for the vacant NSW State electorate of Clarence.
"Clarence has always been home, and while I am sorry about what happened to Steve Cansdell, I could not let slip by the opportunity to again offer to serve the people of the Clarence," Mr Gulaptis said.
Mr Gulaptis has just returned to the region after two-and-a-half years in Mackay, Queensland, where he managed a surveying firm and was an active grassroots member of the LNP.
He has since switched back to the NSW Nationals and believes his long-term support for the party, stands him in good stead compared to rivals announced so far.
"The Nationals on the North Coast are like a second family to me. We've long worked together, door-knocked together, celebrated together, and after the 2007 election, commiserated together," Mr Gulaptis said.
"I made my decision after talking to quite a few local party members who encouraged me to throw my hat in the ring."
He said there was a lot of "unfinished business" in the Clarence, following the shock resignation of Steve Cansdell.
"We must fix the highway, we must get Grafton's second bridge and we must work towards getting trains back on the tracks between Casino and Murwillumbah," he said.