Three of the four losing candidates in the May Federal election are lining up to re-enter the political fray, standing for Liberal Party preselection next week for the 2020 Legislative Assembly poll in October.
They will be joined by several candidates from the multicultural community, including University of Canberra environmental scientist and chair of the Canberra Hindu Mandir, Dr Krishna Nadimpalli.
Robert Gunning, who was No. 2 on the Senate ticket, Ed Cocks (Bean) and Leanne Castley (Fenner) are vying to keep their political ambitions alive, albeit on the smaller stage of the Assembly.
Mr Gunning is hoping to run in Belconnen-based Ginninderra, Mr Cocks in the south in Murrumbidgee and Ms Castley in the Gungahlin-based Yerrabi.
Businesswoman Jane Hiatt, a former Senate candidate whom Mr Cocks defeated in the Bean preselection, has again put her hand up, in Brindabella.
Sitting Liberal MLAs, except for the retiring Vicki Dunne, have already been preselected in the first round of voting.
Second round voting starts next Monday, 25 November, and continues through to Friday, 29 November.
Dr Nadimpalli, a leader in the Indian and Hindu community, was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours and in 2015 received the ACT Multicultural Advocacy Award 2015. He is running in Yerrabi.
He is an executive member for many community organisations including the Canberra Hindu Mandir, Federation of Telugu Associations in Australia, Art of Living Canberra, Canberra Interfaith Form and Canberra Mother Language Movement. Professionally, Dr Nadimpalli is an environmental scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor in Canberra.
Dr Nadimpalli was born in a remote village in India and describes himself as self-made person.
Other candidates from the multicultural community include some who are no strangers to politics. Vijay Dubey ran as an independent in Ginninderra in 2016 but is now pinning his hopes on the central Kurrajong electorate.
Jacob Vadakkedathu, who was on the Liberal ticket in Yerrabi last time, is again looking to stand in the northern electorate.
Amardeep Singh is running in Murrumbidgee and Ignatius Rozario, who ran in Ginninderra in 2016, will again contest the seat.
Other candidates are James Daniels and Emmanuel Ezekiel-Hart in Brindabella; Peter Cain, Kacey Lam and Alan Tutt in Ginninderra; Robert Johnson and Patrick Pentony in Kurrajong; and Sarah Suine in Murrumbidgee.
The Canberra Liberals will field five candidates in each of the five electorates.