Gilmore Labor candidate Fiona Phillips has released a statement amid speculation the sitting MP is going to quit politics today.
Mrs Phillips thanked Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis for her service.
“I thank the Member for Gilmore for her service of our region in the nation’s parliament. I pay tribute to her, for the personal sacrifices she has made as our representative, and also those of her family and her staff,” Mrs Phillips said.
“Whilst Ann Sudmalis and I have fundamental disagreements on what is best for our region, I do not doubt her dedication and sincerity to serve.
“I would like to work closely with Mrs Sudmalis for the remainder of her term to achieve real and significant improvements for our local Dairy Farmers who face an existential crisis during this drought.”
News broke on the weekend that Mrs Sudmalis did not intend to recontest the seat at the next federal election, set for early 2019.
Milton real estate agent Grant Schultz remains in the running for Liberal party preselection for Gilmore.