Treasurer Troy Buswell’s media advisor Jaimee Motion has nominated for Liberal Party preselection for the seat of Collie-Preston.
Ms Motion, 30, was the only nominee by today’s 12pm deadline and is expected to be endorsed by the Liberal Party’s state council.
Born and bred in the south-west coal town, Ms Motion attended Collie Senior High School and has worked for the Liberal-National Government as a media advisor since October 2008, including for ministers Donna Farragher, John Day and Mr Buswell.
It is expected she will have to quit her job if she is endorsed to run in the March 2013 election.
She is set to run against incumbent Labor MP Mick Murray, who defeated National Hilda Turnbull in 2001 and won the renamed Collie-Wellington in 2005 and Collie-Preston in 2008.
Mr Murray holds Collie-Preston by a notional 3.8 per cent margin after last year’s electoral redistribution.
Ms Motion was one of a handful of nominees for country seats, announced by Liberal Party state director Ben Morton today.
Augusta-Margaret River shire president Ray Colyer has nominated for Warren-Blackwood, held by Nationals MP and Minister Terry Redman.
Karratha Retravision owner George Levissianos has nominated in the Pilbara, which will be contested by Nationals Leader Brendon Grylls and Port Headland mayor Kelly Howlett for Labor.
Shire of Wagin councillor Phillip Blight has nominated for Wagin, currently held by Nationals Minister Terry Waldron.
There were two nominees for Central Wheatbelt, which will be contested by the Nationals’ Mia Davies after incumbent Mr Grylls defected to Pilbara. They are Stephen Strange, who ran for the Liberals in 2008, and serial candidate Bill Crabtree, who most recently put his hand up for the Federal seat of Pearce in a preselection contest ultimately won by former WA Treasurer Christian Porter.
Under Liberal Party rules, no candidates for preselection may comment to the media until they are endorsed by State council.