Liberal candidate to be announced soon
The Liberal Party is expected announce its candidate for the Gosford by-election "in the near future".
The NSW Director of the Party, Mr Chris Noble is expected to make the announcement.
"It will then become an organisational matter," said Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald.
The Liberal Party has already run a "faux ballot" to measure its members' views about whether they want to run a candidate in that seat and preferences for nominees, Mr MacDonald said.
He said Mr Noble would announce when nominations would open and close to give members a timeframe for the announcement of their candidate.
"The decision will overwhelmingly have a local component," he said.
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council chief executive officer Mr Sean Gordon had already expressed interest in running for the Liberal Party.
"I think it is a wonderful thing," Mr MacDonald said.
"Putting politics aside, since Linda Burney left the NSW Parliament there has been no Aboriginal presence.
"When I have spoken to Sean about it, I told him to consider that he has a duty to put his hand up and be that Aboriginal presence in the State Parliament because we have been poorer for not having that presence," he said.
Mr Gordon was born in Brewarrina in north western NSW and moved his family to the Central Coast 15 years ago.
He does not live on the Peninsula.
Interview, 16 Feb 2017
Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast
Reporter: Jackie Pearson
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