Jane Prentice beaten for Pullenvale preselection
The CCC this week confirmed the complaint lodged by the LNP against Cr Richards would be further investigated. She has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
But Mr Adermann’s warning to the party that the LNP “can’t afford to go backwards” apparently rang through.
In a letter to party members sent out ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, Mr Adermann wrote that lord mayor Adrian Schrinner “needs to demonstrate he leads a team of councillors and candidates who represent fresh ideas and new perspectives that will drive our city forward”.
“My experience coordinating local members for our recent state and federal campaigns will ensure we have the energetic and effective grassroots team to deliver victory,” he wrote.
Ms Prentice also pushed for votes in a letter on Tuesday, arguing the party did not have enough time to build up a fresh candidate from scratch.
“We simply do not have that time, particularly as we understand the current councillor will apparently be running as an independent,” she wrote.
“I am campaign ready with funding commitments in place.”
If she had been endorsed, Ms Prentice would have been returning to council politics after years working in both the Campbell Newman and Graham Quirk administrations before she made the leap to federal politics.
She lost LNP preselection for her seat of Ryan in 2018 in favour of then-sitting Brisbane councillor Julian Simmons, who successfully won the seat in the 2019 federal election.
Pullenvale is currently held by the LNP on a margin of more than 18 per cent, but if Cr Richards runs as an independent the LNP can expect to lose some votes.