CASINO-based councillor Stuart George yesterday joined a growing line of aspiring Nationals candidates hoping to be preselected for the seat of Clarence.
With a strong Nationals bloodline, 39-year-old Stuart said after some consideration he decided to have a tilt at joining his father, Member for Lismore Thomas George, in state politics.
"After three years on Richmond Valley Council, I am ready for the challenge of filling the very big void left by Steve, who was an outstanding local MP," he said.
Mr George said he didn't think living at Casino was a disadvantage in running for Clarence.
"If anything it could benefit the electorate because I would start the day in Casino, then go to Grafton where I would spend most of my time," he said.
"Then I may go home via Yamba and Maclean and Evans Head."
Mr George said after serving as the chair of the Summerland Way Promotional Committee, which supports a second Grafton bridge, being a board member of Northern Rivers Tourism and chairman of Casino Beef Week he had his finger on the pulse on local issues that impact the whole electorate.
He also has a long history with the Clarence Valley.
"I was a director of Grafton's Village Green Hotel where I worked closely for a number of years with my late uncle Garry Mason and Aunty Esther and I also played league for a couple of seasons for the Grafton Ghosts."