The Canberra Liberals have endorsed former army officer and public servant Peter McKay as a Liberal candidate for Kurrajong, replacing Vijay Dubey, who resigned last month after falling out with the party.
Mr McKay will line up for another tilt at Kurrajong in the October Legislative Assembly elections after running unsuccessfully in 2016.
A party statement said Mr McKay had lived in Kurrajong, with his wife Trish, for the last 33 years.
”He has been an army parachutist, career army officer including commanding a tri-service overseas contingent, an executive-level public servant, a union delegate, an army reservist, a commercial property owner, and secretary to a unit body corporate that successfully prosecuted a builder for building defects. He and wife Trish have three married daughters,” campaign director Josh Manuatu said.
Canberra Liberals leader Alistair Coe said he was pleased to have such a passionate advocate on the Kurrajong Liberal team.
“As Peter and his wife Trish prepare to downsize, they bring a real-life understanding of so many long-term Canberrans who want to make sure that Canberra can be the best place to retire,” he said.
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Mr McKay said it was time for a change of government.
“As a Canberran by choice who has lived, worked and raised a family in Canberra, I want to make sure that Canberra is the best place for my kids and grandchildren to raise their own families,” Mr McKay said.
“Old governments get cosy and stale. It’s time for a change so that we can improve the deteriorating response times in our health system.
“I’m looking forward to working with Elizabeth Lee, Candice Burch, Robert Johnson and Patrick Pentony to make the case for the Liberals’ positive plan for Kurrajong.”
Mr Dubey quit as a candidate last month after differences emerged between him and the Liberal campaign.
It is believed he had gone off message during campaigning and was issued with an ultimatum he resign or be disendorsed.
Canberra goes to the polls on 17 October.