A former ambulance union boss has answered Labor’s emergency name after the social gathering dropped its candidate for the protected western suburbs seat of Melton on Thursday.
Steve McGhie, retired state secretary of the Ambulance Worker Union, will contest the seat of Melton after preselected candidate Justin Mammarella deserted the race with simply 4 weeks till polling day. It’s understood social gathering bosses compelled his hand.
Melton is held by Don Nardella, who has sat on the cross benches in State Parliament since he resigned from the ALP in 2017 after being caught rorting his second-home allowance.
With Mr Nardella not contesting Melton subsequent month, the seat is predicted to stay protected Labor territory in November’s ballot.
An announcement revealed on Thursday by the social gathering’s state secretary Sam Rae merely stated Mr Mammarella had determined he didn’t want to be the Labor candidate.