High-profile women to do battle in Montgomery

CANDIDACY ANNOUNCED: Liberal leader Will Hodgman with Legislative Council Liberal candidate for Montgomery Leonie Hiscutt yesterday. Picture: Tony Cross.TWO of the Central Coast’s highest-profile women will do battle for the Legislative Council seat of Montgomery, following the announcement of Leonie Hiscutt’s candidacy yesterday.
Nanjing Night Net

Mrs Hiscutt was announced by Liberal leader Will Hodgman as the party’s candidate for the upper house seat.

The news comes just days after Central Coast Deputy Mayor Cheryl Fuller confirmed she would run as an independent candidate in Montgomery following Sue Smith’s retirement from politics after 16 years in the Legislative Council.

Mrs Hiscutt said she and Cr Fuller had had a good relationship for a number of years, but it was strictly down to business when it came to the campaign.

“She’s a nice lady and good luck to her, but I hope I win,” she said.

The election will take place in May.

Mrs Hiscutt, of Howth, said she would take a pro-development and pro-jobs campaign approach .

“We need to make some legislative changes to get businesses going, to encourage both large and small businesses,” she said.

Mr Hodgman endorsed the candidacy of Mrs Hiscutt, who is a farmer, businesswoman and the president of the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“She is a well-known local, she lives in this community and understands the needs of this community,” he said.

“She knows this area intimately.”

Mr Hodgman said with an unemployment rate of 9.2 per cent on the North-West Coast, the area needed a representative who would focus on growth, development and jobs.

Mr Hodgman did not rule out the party nominating more candidates for other upper house seats, saying this would be judged on a case-by-case basis.

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