Matthew Flanagan has a building background.
Matthew Flanagan has a building background. File Image

State election candidates on track

ROCKHAMPTON voters should have a clearer picture of who they will vote for at the next state election by the end of May.

With Bruce Diamond (independent) and Shane Guley (Queensland Party) having already declared their intention to run, both major political parties are moving towards their selections.

The Morning Bulletin understands Matthew Flanagan, who has a long history working in the building industry, and former soldier Bill Byrne have both shown interest in becoming the Labor candidate, though Mr Byrne is considered favourite to take over the mantle from Robert Schwarten who is retiring at the end of the current term. The party’s endorsed candidate should be known by this time next month.

Meanwhile an LNP insider yesterday said the party was still taking nominations for the seat, though there was no shortage of potential candidates keen to throw their hat into the ring since Campbell Newman had taken on the leadership.

Prominent Rockhampton surgeon Kim Bulwinkel has sought pre-selection.

Dr Bulwinkel yesterday said he thought Mr Newman a capable person with proven leadership skills who would provide a new dynamic for the Rockhampton contest.

“This very much makes Rockhampton a more winnable seat.”

In Keppel, incumbent Paul Hoolihan will contest the seat again where he will be challenged by the LNP’s Bruce Young.

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