Strelow says she’ll look at federal tilt against Landry
ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow has confirmed she will consider nominating to become Labor's candidate for Capricornia at the next federal election.
"A good number of people from across the political spectrum have asked me to consider nomination," Cr Strelow said in a short statement to The Morning Bulletin yesterday.
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"I am willing to consider it in the future.
The Morning Bulletin understands the region's mayor is seeking pre-selection and, according to a Labor source, has received strong support from the left faction of the party.
But at this stage Cr Strelow said she was totally focused on recovery after Cyclone Marcia. Speculation about Cr Strelow and a career in Federal politics first surfaced in 2006 as she neared the end of her second term as Rockhampton mayor.
She was first elected mayor in 1997, a position she held until standing down at the 2008 election before running again in 2012.
At the last election, where Michelle Landry secured Capricornia for the LNP, Peter Freeleagus was the Labor candidate.
He has already put in his nomination to run again.
"It's an open game, everybody can put their name down," he told The Morning Bulletin after hearing of Cr Strelow's comments.
It has been speculated this week Prime Minister Tony Abbott and some cabinet ministers had been canvassing the idea of holding an early double dissolution election.