Former Local Government Minister David Crisafulli has claimed a convincing win over Verity Barton in a Liberal National Party vote for the Gold Coast seat of Broadwater.
Party members reportedly voted 90-to-24 in favour of Mr Crisafulli in a pre-selection ballot on Saturday.
“Now the hard work begins to ensure we can win the seat and fight for the things that matter,” Mr Crisafulli said in a statement.
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Born and raised in north Queensland, the 38-year-old moved to Hope Island after losing the seat of Mundingburra in the 2015 election.
Despite serving just one term for the LNP, the former journalist is seen as a potential leader of the party and possible threat to Queensland opposition leader Tim Nicholls.
However, Mr Nicholls released a statement congratulating Mr Crisafulli.
“I congratulate David and welcome him to the LNP team that will fight to rid Queensland of this do-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government,” he said.
The result leaves Ms Barton’s political future up in the air.
The now 31-year-old (main picture) was the youngest woman elected to Queensland parliament in 2012 (aged just 26), and has been the member for Broadwater since.