Queanbeyan historian, journalist and former real estate agent Nichole Overall has been preselected to run for the Nationals in the recently vacated seat of Monaro.
Her announcement comes just days after her husband, Tim Overall, announced he would step down after 13 years as mayor of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.
The vacancy in Monaro followed former deputy premier John Barilaro announcing on 4 October that he would quit parliament.
Mrs Overall said she was honoured to contest the seat of Monaro, which the Nationals hold with an 11.6 per cent margin.
“I have long been a vocal advocate for our Queanbeyan-Palerang region, and I’m equally passionate about regional and rural communities across Monaro,” Mrs Overall said.
“If I am elected, my goal will be to ensure the people who are the backbone of these communities are not left behind.
“My commitment to the people of Monaro is to ensure the Nationals in government continue to build on our ‘push for the bush’, protecting our communities and delivering improved roads, community projects, education, health and social services.
Mr Barilaro welcomed Mrs Overall’s preselection, explaining she is a strong advocate for the region.
“I have known Nichole for many years, and over that time, I have been left in awe with how dedicated she is to our community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“From her work with the Meals on Wheels Queanbeyan Branch, Headspace Queanbeyan and the Red Cross, Nichole’s passion for helping others is unrivalled.
“In 2020, Nichole was named Monaro Woman of the Year for this very reason. She is always the first person to put her hand up if you need a hand.
The by-election date is yet to be announced.
Original Article published by David Murtagh on About Regional.