LIBERAL candidate for Carrum Donna Bauer will hope voters decide to go back to the future at the polls in next November’s state election.
Ms Bauer, formerly the MP for Carrum from 2010 to 2014 under the previous Coalition state government, has won Liberal preselection to try to take back the seat from Labor incumbent Sonya Kilkenny.
Ms Bauer won preselection over Carmella Monger last weekend. A third candidate Gandhi Bevinakoppa bowed out before party members voted to select the Carrum candidate.
Ms Kilkenny won the seat from Ms Bauer at the 2014 election by a slim 0.7 per cent.
The Carrum electorate’s boundaries were changed in the lead up to the previous state election to exclude Aspendale, Edithvale and parts of Chelsea, that were transferred to the seat of Mordialloc, and the addition of Carrum Downs and Sandhurst.
Ms Bauer’s preselection win finalises the Liberal Party’s line-up to try to win back all four of the marginal “sandbelt” seats along the Frankston line regarded as crucial to winning government.
Kingston councillor Geoff Gledhill will face Labor MP Tim Richardson in Mordialloc, Frankston police station commander Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb will go up against Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke and Asher Judah will try to win Bentleigh from Labor MP Nick Staikos.