Nationals vote for top spot
RANK and file members of the National Party will vote today on who will represent them in the seat of Richmond at the upcoming federal poll.
Two candidates have been endorsed by the various branches of the Richmond electorate, including former candidate and Tweed Heads businessman Matthew Fraser and Tweed Shire Councillor Carolyn Byrne.
Former MP Larry Anthony, who held the seat before incumbent member Justine Elliot, will not be in the running despite actively canvassing his chances until just a few weeks ago.
Cr Byrne, a solicitor who was elected to council three years ago, said she had been approached to run by both members within the party and the public.
"I believe I can do a lot for the seat of Richmond," Cr Byrne said.
"This region is moving forward and we need somebody to go in there and say what Richmond needs rather than Canberra telling us what we are going to get."
Mr Fraser, who owns Hungry Jacks at South Tweed and heads the Tweed Business Chamber, said he had form, taking the race up to Mrs Elliot at the 2013 poll.
"I really haven't stopped campaigning since the last election," Mr Fraser said.
"I'm hoping the fact that I won the primary vote against Justine Elliot (in 2013), taking her margin from 7 down to 2.9 ... will stand me in good stead."
National Party members will vote at Ocean Shores Golf Club at 10am today to cast their vote.
Candidates already endorsed in Richmond include:
* Justine Elliot (Labor)
* Dawn Walker (Greens)
* Neil Smith (Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party)