Race for Cowper’s top job

IF 2010 is an election year, it must be pre-selection season.

Yesterday political party officials in the Cowper electorate said they were on the cusp of selecting their runners in the national parliamentary race.

The chairman of The Nationals Electoral Council, John Sercombe, said nominations had opened on February 5 and would close on February 26. He expects sitting Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker to be unopposed.

Coffs Harbour ALP branch president Pamela Stephenson said the ALP would look at pre-selection next month, when the ALP’s Federal Electoral Committee for Cowper held its meeting.

Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades, who has twice run for a seat in State Parliament as an independent, was coy about a possible new campaign yesterday.

Asked if he was interested in challenging for a Federal seat this year, he chose his words carefully.

“I enjoy my involvement in the political scene and hope to be involved in it for many years to come,” Cr Rhoades said.

“An independent can praise or criticise the government.”



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