Polglase has eye on Tweed
By PETER CATON
FORMER Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase is emerging as the frontrunner to take on sitting Labor MP for Tweed Neville Newell in the next state election.
Mr Polglase is the only National Party member to have publicly raised his hand as a potential candidate almost two months after the party called for nominations.
The party's three branches in the reshaped electorate of Tweed, which excludes Mur- willumbah, are due to formally nominate their preferred candidate within weeks.
And a joint meeting of the branches - Tweed Heads, Tweed Heights and Kingscliff - is likely to consider a final choice in February.
Yesterday Tweed Nationals chairman Murray Lees said he hoped to have a candidate selected by March, giving him or her just over a year before the election is due.
He took heart that the Liberal Party seemed less likely to challenge for the seat, avoiding a three-cornered contest among the major parties.
But Mr Polglase said he still believed other National Party members were likely to express their interest in being a candidate.
"It's always happened in the past," he said, adding: "It's good for the process."
Mr Polglase said he believed the Labor Party had already begun its own opinion polling in the electorate, with several people receiving calls seeking their opinion on Labor's performance.