Newcastle construction manager Blake Keating will fly the Liberal Party flag in the March state election.
Mr Keating, who has worked on large scale renewable energy, power transmission and civil projects, was among the party’s three Lower Hunter candidates announced on Monday Morning.
“I understand this is going to be a tough campaign, but I have a strong belief that Novocastrians have benefited greatly from the Berejiklian Government’s economic management, revitalisation, light rail, supercars, Bathers Way project and record funding in health and education,” Mr Keating said.
Marketing and events coordinator Jenny Barrie will contest the seat of Charlestown, while primary school teacher and former deputy mayor Sally Halliday will run in Maitland.
“I am concerned that without a Liberal representative, our region will not have a strong voice in Government to ensure more funding for local projects and services - to deliver the future for Maitland that our community is worthy of,” Ms Halliday said.
“We deserve a local member who can deliver services and facilities for our families, and will listen to the community about their needs and concerns.
Ms Barrie said improved education standards, more local jobs and a safe community were her priorities.
“I will work diligently to make that happen,” she said.
“I have a long-term vision for Charlestown, where new investment can be attracted into the region, generating exciting new employment opportunities for young and mature job seekers alike.”
Deeper reading: NSW election 2019
- New bases, vessels for Marine Rescue as part of state funding pledge (January 29, 2019)
- Liberals endorse Sally Halliday in Maitland, Blake Keating in Newcastle (January 28, 2019)
- Salamander Bay fire station hours to extend if we win election: Labor (January 25, 2019)
- Greens NSW election candidate for Wallsend Sinead Francis-Coan calls for fellow candidates to take Safe State pledge against domestic violence (January 25, 2019)
- Labor pledges to bring back ministers for Hunter, Illawarra and other regional areas (January 23, 2019)
- Objectors say Environment Ministers approval of Wallarah coal mine will cost key seat (January 21, 2019)
- Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair says only 'very brave person' would remove shark nets despite drum-line trial (January 21, 2019)
- Newcastle Art Gallery expansion project grows beyond $40m as Tim Crakanthorp revives Labor funding commitment (January 21, 2019)
- Liberals' Scot MacDonald out of running for Newcastle, Maitland (January 21, 2019)
- Long road ahead for Nelson Bay despite Gladys Berejiklian funding commitment (January 20, 2019)
- Labor lines up Cessnock deputy mayor Melanie Dagg to replace Martin Rush as Upper Hunter candidate (January 19, 2019)
- Greens announce candidates for Newcastle and Wallsend (January 17, 2019)
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian says extra $100m Hunter Water dividend will flow into state's consolidated revenue (January 15, 2019)
- Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces another $205 million for Nelson Bay Road upgrade (Janaury 15, 2019)
- Liberal Party spends $700m in Newcastle but no candidates in sight (January 15, 2019)