COLAC businessman Richard Riordan is the first out of the starting gates for Liberal Party preselection in the Polwarth electorate.
The 43-year-old announced his intention to stand for the ballot only hours after Polwarth MP Terry Mulder officially resigned from State Parliament on Monday afternoon.
The owner of Riordan Colac Hire is on the board of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and has served as Colac Area Health board chairman. Mr Riordan has a business management degree from Monash University.
A long-term Liberal Party member, Mr Riordan ran for Polwarth preselection against Colac businesswoman Belinda Murnane and Mr Mulder ahead of the 1999 state election.
Mr Mulder won that preselection ballot to replace incumbent MP Ian Smith and ultimately the election.
Mr Riordan also unsuccessfully ran for the Liberal Party’s upper house ticket preselection ahead of the 2010 state election.