No word on whether MP will run in next election

INCUMBENT Member Liz Cunningham has represented Gladstone as an independent since 1995, but even with the election looming next year she won't confirm whether or not she will run again.

LNP Premier Campbell Newman's plan to lease the Port of Gladstone has not been popular locally, and while daily updates come from the LNP's media room on announcements for candidates across the state, news on Gladstone has been quiet.

LNP state director Brad Henderson said former candidate Russell Schroter had moved away from Gladstone and would not be contesting pre-selection.

"The pre-selection process of an LNP candidate for Gladstone is continuing," he said.

The only known candidate for Gladstone so far is Australian Labor Party man Glenn Butcher, who was endorsed by party leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in May.

The long-term Gladstone Rugby League chairman and coach of the women's team stepped down this month to concentrate on campaigning.

He also has an army of backers, with more than 80 people turning out to a fundraising dinner last month.

"After the last election we lost nearly every member in Gladstone. There were a lot of disenchanted people," he said.

"We had three members help us (campaign) last time, now we're starting this campaign with 36 members."

Mr Butcher said he wasn't out to run a negative campaign.

He said Ms Cunningham was a nice person, but "it's time for a change".

"Liz is nice but no one listens to her. I'm young and keen to get into it, and I don't mind knocking on doors."



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