INCUMBENT Throsby MP Stephen Jones says he is confident he will be selected as the electorate’s Labor candidate, despite the potential threat of a challenger from inside the party.
Today, the Labor Party is expected to call for nominations for the seat ahead of the September federal election.
Mr Jones agreed the delay “hasn’t been helpful”, considering Labor was the only party in Throsby yet to decide on its endorsed candidate.
If there was more than one nominee from inside the party, Mr Jones said, the process of selecting a candidate could take up to three weeks from today.
The pre-selection could be contested by nurse John Rumble.
“If there is a contest, I’m very confident I’ll win,” Mr Jones said.
“Nominations will open tomorrow. Generally speaking they open for a week.
“So we’ll know next week whether there’s a contest. I’m a fighter, I’ll deal with everything before me.”
Labor’s candidate would join the Nationals’ Gary “Angry” Anderson, Greens’ Peter Moran and Liberal Party’s Larissa Mallinson in a contest for the seat in the lead-up to September.
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