The dates in connection with the by-election will be fixed as follows:
Date of polling Saturday, 4 July 2020
Return of writ On or before Saturday, 5 September 2020
Dr Fiona Kotvojs will become the Liberal Party’s candidate. The beef farmer from Dignams Creek on the NSW South Coast beat out local councilor Mark Schweikert by a comfortable margin. Dr Kotvojs was narrowly defeated at the 2019 Federal Election by Mike Kelly.
Kristy McBain, Mayor of Bega Valley Shire, nominated for Labor preselection on 1 May 2020. On 4 May, McBain was preselected as Labor’s candidate, against Yass Valley branch president Michael Pilbrow.
Liberal Democrats candidate
Dean McCrae is a chef and Southern Districts party branch coordinator. Mr McCrae contested the seats of Goulburn and Lyne at the 2019 state and federal elections, respectively.
Science Party candidate
James Jansson is a software developer and epidemiologist. He was a candidate for the seat of Kingsford Smith at the 2019 federal election.
The Nationals candidate
Trevor Hicks, former Deputy Mayor of Queanbeyan–Palerang.
Joy Angel. Office manager. Contested an ACT Senate seat at the 2019 federal election.
The Greens candidate
Cathy Griff, a long-term resident of the rural hamlet of Tanja on the Far South Coast and Bega Shire Councillor, is the green’s chosen candidate for the upcoming Eden-Monaro by-election.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
Matthew Stadtmiller will run for the party.
Christian Democrats candidate
Narelle Storey. Carer, founder of not-for-profit platform ReStore Australia. Contested Werriwa at the 2019 federal election.
Karen Porter is a small business owner and member of unregistered New Liberals party.
Riccardo Bosi. Small business owner, member of unregistered Australia One party. Contested NSW Senate seat for Australian Conservatives at the 2019 federal election.
Andrew Thaler has withdrawn his candidacy. In a statement to The Yass Courier Mr Thaler said “the increasing threat and risk to me personally and to my Family means it is just not worth it.”
We’ll be updating this page as more information is known about the candidates, and will soon the approaching each about their thoughts and policies that will affect the Yass Valley region of the electorate.