LNP chooses barrister to attempt to claim Brough's seat
A COAST barrister has made it second time lucky after being chosen as the LNP's candidate for the seat of Fisher at the next federal election.
Andrew Wallace ran unsuccessfully for pre-selection against Mal Brough in 2012 but had more success yesterday.
Mr Wallace was one of six vying for pre-selection following Mr Brough's decision to stand down following just one term.
His decison came about because of an unresolved Australian Federal Police inquiry into his involvement in the Slippergate scandal.
The line-up of contendors included former Sunshine Coast deputy mayor Chris Thompson, who retired from local government to spend more time with his family before announcing he would seek LNP pre-selection.
Which Fisher candidate would have your vote if the Federal election was today?
This poll ended on 24 April 2016.
Bill Gissane, ALP.
Andrew Wallace, LNP.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Others chasing party approval were Roz White of Whites IGA stores, Cherish Life Sunshine Coast branch president Con Hughes, LNP Women's Branch president Teresa Craig and federal ministerial staffer Ben Murphy.
Mr Wallace said he was humbled and honoured to be pre-selected as the LNP candidate for a "magnificent part of Queensland".
"I'm passionate about building our local economy to create jobs and the opportunities that will allow our children to build a successful future and stay on the Sunshine Coast."
LNP President Gary Spence congratulated Mr Wallace on his endorsement.
"Andrew is a fierce advocate for the Sunshine Coast and the people who live here," he said.
"He'll be a great representative for this region."
With the possibility of an election being called with weeks, Mr Wallace said he would be out in the electorate immediately to talk to as many voters as possible.
The ALP endorsed its candidate, Bill Gissane, mid last year.