Four put up hand for Nats
MURWILLUMBAH car salesman Phil Taylor could be facing his toughest sales job yet – selling himself to National Party members in a contest with three other potential candidates for Federal Parliament.
Mr Taylor, who announced on Tuesday that he had put his name forward to stand for the Nationals in the seat of Richmond against sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot, has been joined by three others.
By the close of nominations on Tuesday the party had received nomination forms from its Richmond electorate council chairman and semi-retired beef farmer, Alan Hunter of Myocum near Mullumbimby; pharmacist Brian Curran, who runs a chemist shop in Kennedy Drive, West Tweed Heads; and Lismore solicitor Jim Fuggle, who lives at Alstonville just inside the Richmond boundary.
Mr Taylor however appears to have grabbed the limelight and the TV spotlight with the Channel 7 television crew currently filming part of a TV series on council issues focusing on a dispute over stored cars between him and Tweed Shire Council.
“It’s all good exposure. It will be good PR for me,” Mr Taylor said.
He welcomed the contest from the other three potential candidates, adding: “May the best man win”.
Mr Hunter said he had put his name forward after four years as the party’s Richmond electorate council chairman and 41 years as a party member.
“This is the first time that I’ve had very little to consider in terms of family and business.
“That was the primary reason for my accepting the challenge to nominate,” said Mr Hunter, who moved to the Mullumbimby area six years ago from Moree.
“The current member is more about representing the government to us. I’m not sure we have been getting a good shake.”
National Party spokesman Murray Lees said the “exceptional strength of the preselection field has surpassed expectations”.