Horsham mayor joins state race

THE race for the National Party preselection for the plum Wimmera seat of Lowan has intensified,  with high-profile Horsham mayor David Grimble entering the contest.

Cr Grimble’s entry lifts the number of nominees seeking party preselection for the safe Nationals seat to five.

Cr Grimble, a former farmer, is in his second term as Horsham Rural City mayor and is also the CFA Grampians group officer.

He said his extensive background in representing the community would enable him to effectively serve the large Lowan electorate.

“I understand the community issues and its needs,” he said. The contest for Nationals preselection for Lowan has opened up after long-serving Nationals MP Hugh Delahunty announced last month that he would retire as Lowan’s MP at November’s state election.

The Liberals will not contest the seat.

Other nominees for Nationals preselection are Wimmera businesswoman Andrea Cross, Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital chief executive Emma Kealy, Nationals Wimmera executive member Russell McKenzie and Wimmera football development manager Bruce Petering.

Nationals Victoria director Jenny Hammett said the nominee who gained preselection would be announced in the second week of April.

ehimmelreich@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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