Clarence Town resident David Layzell has been pre-selected as the NSW Nationals candidate for Upper Hunter in the upcoming by-election.
Following the sudden resignation of Michael Johnsen from the party, in the wake of numerous sordid allegations, the organisation met this evening (Wednesday 8 April) to name a contender for the highly sought-after seat.
It is believed Singleton mayor Sue Moore also came into calculations.
However, Mr Layzell boasts a proven track record of working in the community to create a safer and stronger Upper Hunter.
The construction manager said he was passionate about protecting local jobs, listening to people and finding common-sense solutions.
“The NSW Nationals have delivered for the region over the past 10 years in government, but there’s always more to be done,” Mr Layzell admitted.
“I believe in supporting locals – jobs, families and businesses – and unlocking every opportunity for the Upper Hunter to succeed.
“I want to be part of the team that will make sure jobs are protected and families are kept safe, I’m honoured to be pre-selected as the NSW Nationals candidate.”
Mr Layzell said while keeping COVID-19 away had been a great achievement for the government, this by-election would be fought on local matters.
“Central to that is strong mining and agriculture industries so people continue to have secure jobs,” he explained.
“The Nationals have a history of fighting for local issues.
“I intend to continue that legacy.”
NSW Nationals leader and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the party was building a safer and stronger regional NSW.
“David is a proud member of this community and I know he will represent this electorate with the utmost integrity,” he added.
“The focus of the NSW Nationals is to support jobs, boost industry, keep the cost of living at an all-time low and ensure the Upper Hunter remains a safe and strong part of the state.
“I am confident David shares these goals.
“The Labor-Shooters alliance has actively voted against mines, voted against support for farmers and they have tried to discredit our grants programs, which have invested tens of millions of dollars in the Upper Hunter.
“We’ll continue to support the mining sector and the agricultural sector in the electorate while providing valuable jobs that will keep money in the local economy.”