Halliday to be Liberal election candidate
Maitland City Councillor Sally Halliday will be the Liberal Party’s candidate in the March state election, ending weeks of uncertainty over who would step into the spot.
Two sources have confirmed to Hunter Independent that Ms Halliday, a school teacher, submitted her nomination to the party last week, which was approved by the state executive on Friday night.
With the election now less than two months away, the endorsement ends speculation about who would take on Labor incumbent Jenny Aitchison for the seat after outgoing Hunter Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald announced early last week that he would not stand for nomination.
Mr MacDonald’s name was first floated in November. A week and half ago he told media that he was still considering throwing his hat in the ring.
In 2015 the Liberal Party received almost 25 per cent of the primary vote under candidate Steve Thomson. This rose to 36 per cent under the two-party-preferred vote.
If elected Ms Halliday would be able to retain her position on Council. The next local government election is due in 2020.
Ms Halliday could not be contacted for comment.