THE bell has officially rung to signal the start of the federal election contest. Voters will head to the polls on 18 May after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the election on 11 April.
Five candidates have so far put their hands up to contest the seat of Dunkley, which is currently held by Liberal MP Chris Crewther.
The incumbent Mr Crewther was elected in 2016, replacing outgoing Liberal MP Bruce Billson who had held the seat since 1996.
The Labor candidate for the seat will be Peta Murphy, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2013 election campaign. Despite not winning the seat, there was a swing towards Labor which cut the margin down to less than 2 per cent. Since the redistribution of the seat that margin has closed even further.
Emily Green has been preselected to stand for the Greens, while Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has named Ronald Jean as its candidate. Spencer Porter, owner of Moove Mobile in Frankston, will stand as an independent.
The Dunkley electorate encompasses Mt Eliza, Langwarrin, and Carrum Downs.