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Andrew Constance faces wider field for Gilmore preselection as Jemma Tribe nominates

ABC Illawarra posts:

By Jessica Clifford and Kelly Fuller Andrew Constance's battle for preselection in the marginal seat of Gilmore just got tougher — the field has now broadened to four and includes a female candidate following a strong push from local Liberals.

Key points:

  • Three candidates are set to challenge the PM's pick, Andrew Constance, for Liberal preselection in Gilmore

  • Jemma Tribe and Stephen Hayes have joined the contest, along with lawyer Paul Ell

  • The PM's decision to drop in Warren Mundine at the 2019 remains a sore spot for some



In September the former New South Wales transport minister announced his intention to step away from state politics and run for preselection ahead of a state cabinet reshuffle after Gladys Berejiklian's resignation.

At the time Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Mr Constance would make a "great member of our team".

But since then the Gilmore Liberal Federal Electoral Conference has been pushing to get a woman into the contest.

Today Vincentia businesswoman and charity operator Jemma Tribe resigned from the Liberal Party state executive to lodge her nomination ahead of tomorrow's deadline.

Ms Tribe has lived in the seat for 30 years, was married in Kiama and has two young daughters.

She is the president of the Shoalhaven Chamber of Commerce and a former Shoalhaven City councillor.

Ms Tribe has also worked for former Gilmore MPs Ann Sudmalis and Joanna Gash.

The University of Wollongong graduate and former journalist is seen as not being factionally aligned, but has been described as being in the sensible centre.

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