WDRC mayor Ray Brown to stand for Senate
WESTERN Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown today announced his candidacy for pre-selection as Senator by the Liberal National Party.
A casual vacancy in the Senate is expected to open following the resignation of Senator Barnaby Joyce, who will stand as LNP's candidate in the seat of New England at the September federal election.
Pre-selection for the Senate is to take place in Mackay on May 25, after that date Senator Joyce is expected to formally resign as a Queensland Senator.
If successful Cr Brown would be appointed as a Senator by the Governor General, under a protocol which allows a casual Senate vacancy to be filled by a person from the same political party as the Senator being replaced.
Councillor Brown said he endeavors to be a strong advocate for regional communities and understands the importance of small and large business in their development.
"I have spent my life in regional Queensland and have a strong rural background through our family farms in the Moonie area," Cr Brown said.
"I have been involved with groups associated with Landcare, River Catchments, aged care, youth and mental health and through my council duties.
"I maintain a keen interest in the development of agriculture, mining, tourism and business generally.
"I have a particular interest in areas of finance, auditing and governance."
Cr Brown has not been directly involved in party politics while being a councillor but was a keen member of The Young Nationals in his youth.
He recently became a member of the Queensland LNP due to his interest in the vacant Senate position, which has also drawn interest from Mackay Canegrowers chief Kerry Latter and former Mackay mayor Julie Boyd.