Former councillor Glenn Goodfellow is believed to be the Liberal frontrunner for the seat of Tarneit at next year’s state election.
While the party still has to formally endorse Mr Goodfellow’s candidacy, Star Weekly understands he won a Liberal preselection vote held last Wednesday.
The seat of Tarneit, which covers Werribee, Tarneit and the eastern parts of Hoppers Crossing, is presently held by the ALP’s Telmo Languiller.
Last month Mr Languiller announced that he would not seek re-election for the 2018 state election.
In February, Mr Languiller resigned as Speaker in the wake of controversy about him claiming almost $40,000 in entitlements for living on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Mr Goodfellow was first elected to Wyndham council in 2008 and was re-elected for a second term in 2012.
He served as the council’s deputy mayor for a year and also as the council’s growth and infrastructure portfolio holder, until retiring last year.
Mr Goodfellow, who grew up in Hoppers Crossing and attended MacKillop College, also served as the vice-president of Speak Out, a group which protested against the state government’s decision to build a youth detention centre in Werribee South.
He has also been involved with the CFA.