Milton businessman Grant Schultz is poised to be the Liberal Party’s candidate for the seat of Gilmore.
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The NSW Liberal Party’s state executive has resolved on Friday to not reopen nominations for Gilmore according to a senior Liberal Party powerbroker.
Mr Schultz has remained in line for the position after Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis withdrew her nomination and announced her exit from federal politics on September 17.
Nominations can be reopened at the behest of local Liberal Party branch members.
It is understood the NSW Liberal Party’s head office will call an endorsement meeting soon.
At the endorsement meeting, preselectors will be asked at the ballot if they are satisfied there is a sufficient field of candidates.
A majority of yes votes would lead to the nomination of Mr Schultz.
A majority of no votes would reopen nominations for about a week.
A senior Liberal source said the likelihood of preselectors voting to reopen nominations was low.
The source advised any potential challengers to come out of the woodwork and state their intentions publicly before the endorsement meeting.
It is understood Liberal Party branch members have been asking state executive members for news on the Gilmore preselection for months.
Initially they were told they wouldn't hear anything until after the Wentworth byelection on October 20.
The NSW Liberal Party head office was contacted for comment, and unable to provide an official statement by deadline on Tuesday afternoon.
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