BRIDGEWATER farmer Andrew Broad has been preselected by The Nationals to contest the federal election later this year.
Mr Broad is hoping to represent the the state's biggest electorate, the Mallee region.
The former Victorian Farmers Federation president said he put his hand up to contest the seat because he believed Australia deserves better than the current state of politics.
“I am not a political animal. I am a farmer and from a country town and I really think Australia deserves better," he said.
“It was one of those things to put up or shut up.
“I think I have something to offer,”
“I’ve been running my farm for 15 years, I’ve had experience on boards and governance and with the VFF.
“I think when people look back on my time of the VFF they understand that I always had the people I was representing at heart and everything I did was in the best interest of them.”
Nationals leader Warren Truss said Mr Broad was the best choice to replace retiring, 20-year Nationals veteran John Forrest.
“At 37, it’s exciting to have a young person of Andrew’s calibre standing up for Mallee at the looming federal election,” he said.
“Andrew won in a very strong field and he brings a wealth of representational experience and a fresh voice to the fore. He will serve the families, businesses and communities of north western Victoria with energy and passion.
“As a farmer, Andrew knows only too well the challenges facing primary production. The Mallee region harnesses some of Victoria’s high yielding horticultural and grain production.
“As Nationals, our task at the coming election is to make sure that regional areas have strong local champions as part of a new Coalition government. Andrew Broad fits that bill perfectly.”