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Liberals pick Fiona Kotvojs for heated Eden-Monaro byelection

Farmer and former teacher Fiona Kotvojs will be the Liberal candidate in the Eden-Monaro byelection after she “crushed it” in a party preselection held on Saturday.

Ms Kotvojs will compete against Bega mayor Kristy McBain, Labor’s candidate, for the closely-contested seat. The date for the byelection is yet to be confirmed.

Fiona Kotvojs will be the Liberal candidate in the Eden-Monaro byelection.

Fiona Kotvojs will be the Liberal candidate in the Eden-Monaro byelection.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

A number of high-profile Coalition figures were initially expected to nominate for preselection, including NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, for the Nationals, and Transport Minister Andrew Constance, for the Liberals.

Both men flagged their desire to run but pulled out. In Mr Constance’s case, he publicly declared he would nominate but then changed his mind less than 24 hours later.

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