MacDonald yet to rule out run for Maitland
Outgoing Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald has not ruled himself for run at the seat of Maitland in the March state election.
In November Mr MacDonald confirmed he had been approached to run as the Liberal candidate, after losing an upper house preselection ballot earlier that month.
At the time he said he was undecided about his future and today said that he had not nominated for the seat, but had not completely rejected the idea.
“I’d have to be working here, even if you lived a little bit out [that would be okay] but that hasn’t lined up for me at this point,” he said.
“I don’t want to close the door either…for me, it’s watch this space.”
Mr MacDonald said he believed that this election campaign would be very different to 2015’s.
“It was very much about the poles and wires, it was very much about even the rail truncation, and it was about some of the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) stuff,” he said.
“I believe all of those three things have gone.
“It’s about infrastructure going forward, whether it be the New England Highway or [the new Maitland hospital] being completed.”
Labor’s Jenny Aitchison is currently the only confirmed candidate.