Update: Wednesday, 2.20pm
Sam Gayed says he is excited to reach out to as many people as he can as he begins his tilt for Bendigo.
In some of his first comments to the media since becoming Liberal party candidate for the seat, he said he was looking forward to getting out on to the streets and regional towns.
"I want to get our message out to the people, share our passion with them, listen to their concerns and feedback, and show them we are here to support them," he said.
“We are a prosperous nation with a strong economy. I want to make sure the Bendigo region becomes even stronger, which is why I am standing as the Liberal Party candidate for Bendigo.”
A chartered engineer, Gayed has lived in Bendigo with his wife and three children since 2013.
Bendigo has been held by the Australian Labor Party's Lisa Chesters since 2013 and at the last election won the two party preferred vote with 53.74 per cent, compared to the Liberal's Megan Purcell on 46.26 per cent.
SAM GAYED has been selected as the Liberal Party candidate for Bendigo in the upcoming federal election.
Mr Gayed was endorsed on Saturday but the Liberal Party was yet to make an official announcement about the decision.
The party’s Bendigo Federal Election Committee chair Matthew Evans said he was “very happy” with the selection.
“You’ll find he has a really good back story. He’s had incredible experiences in business, including working on multi-million dollar projects,” he said.
“He’s been a resident of Bendigo for a long time and … he’s quite a family man.”
Mr Gayed has been contacted for comment.
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