When nominations for the National Party's candidate to contest the by-election in the seat of Clarence closed today there were two additions to the five names previously confirmed.
There was no real surprise when Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson, a one-time independent, decided to hitch his carriage to the Nats' gravy train but a nomination by relative newcomer to the valley, Maclean businessman Jason Cleary from Woodford Island, seems to be a bit of a shock to the system.
The other candidates are Karen Toms, Paul O'Connor, Fiona Leviny, Chris Gulaptis and Stuart George.
George is the sole nomination from the Nat' northern camp.
Jeremy Challacombe, a spokesperson for the Nationals, told The Daily Examiner it was originally intended that the ballot for preselection would be held this weekend, but rank and file members had convinced the party's head office to allow enough time for candidates to address branch meetings before a ballot on October 16.
He said it would be a secret ballot and votes would be tallied using the same preferential voting system as was used in federal elections.
Candidates would each be given about 10 minutes to speak at the preselection meeting before the ballot was held.
About 300 financial members in the Clarence electorate are eligible to vote.
Read The Daily Examiner's report here.