Kendall Jackson – with Liberal leader Steven Marshall during the 2014 state election campaign – is keen to again run for the Liberals in Frome in 2018.
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A less radical revamp for the electorate of Frome is nowproposed, as two contenders jockey for future votes ­and athird is undecided.

The seat has been revised under a draft plan to includesome Liberal­ voting areas and exclude other Liberal­ votingareas, maintaining the status quo, according to oneobserver.

The nett result, according tolikely Liberal candidate KendallJackson, is that the voting complexion of the electorate willremain similar to that under previous boundaries.

Laura, Gladstone and Port Broughton are removed from thedraft electorate by the Electoral Districts BoundariesCommission.

But Hamley Bridge, Owen and Grace Plains to the southwould be included.

The draft boundaries, unveiled on Monday, come afterearlier proposals to delete Port Pirie from Frome andinclude that city in a northern electorate.

This could resulted inIndependent Member forFrome Geoff Brock sticking by his key city district tochallenge Stuart Liberal MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan in abattle of the heavyweights.

Mr Brock said he had not digested the latest proposal, butvowed to work for Port Pirie and the people of Frome as acandidate at the 2018 state election.

He said Port Broughton, Bute, Snowtown, Alford andLochiel would go to a proposed new Goyder electorateunder the draft proposals.

Meanwhile Laura and Gladstone wouldgo to a revised Stuart.

“I am going to run in the 2018 election, again as anindependent,” he said.

Asked his opinions on challenger Mrs Jackson and apossible candidacy by former Port Pirie Mayor BrentonVanstone, Mr Brocksaid: “I am not going to comment on anyoneconsidering running”.

“It is a democratic system … it is up tothem.”

Mrs Jackson said she was keen to run again for the seat forthe Liberals.

She doubted the draft changes would make muchdifference, saying Liberal areas were being lost while otherLiberal areas were coming in.

“I think it is sitting notionally Liberal,” she said.

Mr Vanstone, a Wandearah farmer, indicated he wasconsidering his options and said he was concerned aboutthe direction of South Australia.

“We boasted the second biggest state economy in the1960s and now we boast the worst unemployment rate ofany state,” he said.

“I have a love for our manufacturers and innovators and forour expanding rural sector ­but I have to determine whetherI, as a politician, could make any difference to a state thatclearly is in trouble.”

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