LIBERAL politician Scot MacDonald will not rule out a return to the Hunter, and could throw his hat in the ring for the seat of Maitland.
Last month, the incumbent Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter lost a preselection ballot to fellow MLC Catherine Cusack.
Now, Mr MacDonald said he hadn’t made any decisions about whether he will run for the seat but it was “on the table”.
“I will be taking a break over Christmas, then consider all options. I haven’t decided anything,” he said.
“It is great to be asked by members of the community to run in Maitland.”
The Upper House member has had two stints as Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter. He first held the job from April 2015 to January 2017 but lost it to Ms Cusack when Gladys Berejiklian became premier.
In April 2017, he won back the job after Ms Cusack resigned from the position, following a leaked email in which she criticised Ms Berejiklian’s cabinet appointments.
In the Lower Hunter, Labor currently holds the seats of Maitland, Newcastle, Charlestown, Cessnock and Port Stephens.
So far, the Coalition have only announced only one candidate in the state elections – Jaimie Abbott for Port Stephens.
Mr MacDonald said he hoped there would be a number of candidates from the Liberal party announced in the Hunter.
“You need good competition. A region suffers when it’s all one way, and I do see that in the Hunter,” Mr MacDonald said. “It’s healthy for the region to have some good competition, and I do think the Hunter is lacking that at the moment.”
Mr MacDonald will finish in his role on March 1 before the state election on March 23.