Nominations for National Party pre-selection in Clarence close on Monday and if the chairman of the party's Grafton branch has his way Richie Williamson won't be donning National Party colours at the by-election which is expected to be held in November.
Peter James, the branch chairman, told The Daily Examiner that despite rumours that Williamson would run as a Nationals' candidate for pre-selection he hadn't spoken to Williamson about being a potential candidate.
James believes Williamson's strong stance as an independent during this year's state election has hindered his chances for National Party pre-selection.
James said, "I'd like to think The Nationals won't give Richie pre-selection."
James has given the two known nominees, Karen Toms and Paul O'Connor his blessings.
When asked about his business partner O'Connor's prospects, James said, "I feel he would be a very capable local member. He is a man of many skills and the appropriate level of integrity. I believe if he was elected he would do an excellent job as the local member."
Read the Examiner's report here.
The talk on the streets is that another nomination for pre-selection was lodged today.