THE Queensland LNP has formally endorsed ophthalmologist Bill Glasson to run in the seat of Griffith vacated after former prime minister Kevin Rudd announced his retirement.
Dr Glasson, who won more votes than Mr Rudd in the September 7 election but lost 53% to 47% in the two-party preferred vote, said he wanted to use his experience as a dad, a doctor and a small business owner to strengthen the local area, Brisbane's southside.
"I have a passion for our community where I have lived for over 40 years and where, with my wife Claire, we have raised our three kids," he said.
"If given the privilege, I will be a strong local voice in government. I'll be committed to making positive changes for the people of Griffith, for our community and for Australia."
Liberal National Party state director Brad Henderson said Dr Glasson was preselected unopposed after putting the call out on Monday for nominations.
"Dr Glasson has the experience, the commitment and the passion to do the job," he said.
Mr Rudd is still yet to tender his formal resignation to Speaker Bronwyn Bishop which means the by-election will now be next year.
He initially promised to see through the full term when he won the Griffith seat but lost government.
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