New Liberal line-up firms

New Liberal line-up firms MAYORAL RUN: A Liberal party internal document names David Compton, pictured left,, as the party’s lord mayoral candidate. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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‘THINKING ABOUT IT’: Newcastle communications consultant Kath Elliott is considering running for Newcastle council. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

INCLUDED: Stalwart Liberal party Newcastle councillor Brad Luke is tipped to run again at the local government elections in September. Picture: Peter Stoop

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The sitting ward four councillor and owner of construction firm Compton Projects failed to make inroads contesting the safe federal Labor seat, losing by 18 per cent of the vote.

Butwith high-profile Hunter conservatives such as former lord mayorJeff McCloy and former Paterson federal Liberal MPBob Baldwin declining to enter the race so far as independents, the Liberals mayconsiderit worthwhilerunninga mayoral candidate.

The Herald madeattemptsto contact Cr Compton on Wednesday. Also among the apparent Liberalnominees areLachlan Stronach, the son of developer Keith Stronach, party stalwarts Brad Luke and Sharon Waterhouse, and younger members Taylor Wright, Blake Keating and Hannah Eves.

Missing isformer Shortland federal candidateJohn Church,anex-NBN newsreader and nowhead of marketing at Newcastle real estate firm PRD whowas said to be favouredby senior party figuresforhis name recognition and policy nous.

Communicationsconsultant Kath Elliott also confirmed she isconsidering running for council.

“Of course I’m always thinking about it, I’ve done it before, but I haven’t made up my mind,” she said when contacted.

Ms Elliott contested the ward three byelection as an independentin 2015and was defeatedby Labor’s Declan Clausen byabout four per cent of the vote.

Controversy hit that contestwhen a pamphlet authorisedby the Labor party and widely distributed on the eve of the election questioned Ms Elliott’s political ties and included a photo of her superimposed with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and MrMcCloy.

A phone survey conducted this month forthe Australian Hotels Association polled Newcastlevoters aboutfigures it framed as being tied to the upcoming elections.

The poll canvassed opinion onGreens councillor Michael Osborne, state Labor leader Luke Foley, former NBN presenter Mike Rabbitt,independent councillor Allan Robinson,lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes,Newcastle nightlife campaigner Tony Brown, former Liberal state and federal candidate Karen Howard, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Cr Luke,Mr McCloy and Mr Baldwin.

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