Libs pick Ballarat mayor as upper house contender

A PRESELECTION process by the Liberal Party to replace controversial upper house candidate Aaron Lane has been avoided with the organisation’s administrative committee choosing a candidate.

Ballarat mayor Josh Morris is on course to be one of the region’s next upper house MPs after being placed second on the Coalition ticket.

The 31-year-old said yesterday he would stand down as Ballarat mayor next month after less than a year in the role so he could focus on campaigning.

The physical education teacher was born in Ballarat and holds an education degree from the Australian Catholic University. He was elected to council at the 2012 municipal election.

Twelve Liberal Party members, including several south-west residents, nominated for preselection following Mr Lane’s forced resignation last month.

Labor MPs Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford fill the top spots on the ALP ticket with one of the many minor parties expected to secure fifth place.

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