Ben Hosking, a small business owner in the Northern Territory and a former police officer, has been chosen by the Country Liberal Party to run in the Fannie Bay by-election.
Born in Ludmilla in Darwin, Mr Hosking was elected after party nominations closed on Sunday.
“Ben personally understands the issues facing Fannie Bay residents and wants to hold the Labor government accountable for their decisions,” the CLP said when announcing his candidacy.
“Ben Hosking is a typical Territorial. He will be an integral part of [Opposition Leader] The team of Lia Finocchiaro is fighting for a better future for the territory.”
The party said key issues for Mr Hosking included action to fight crime and antisocial behaviour, opposition to the freeze on public service wages, measures to ease the cost of living and efforts to boost renewable energy. .
Last weekend, Labor announced government adviser, military veteran and father of four, Brent Potter as a candidate.
Mr Hosking and Mr Potter will compete to replace former Prime Minister Michael Gunner in the NT Parliament.
Mr Gunner stepped down as Prime Minister in May and resigned as a local member last week.
Mr Potter said serving the community was what he did best.
“There is no greater feeling than being able to serve, deliver and lead for the community and the people around me,” he said.
The Fannie Bay by-election will be held on August 20 with approximately 5,400 people registered to vote.
Mr Gunner first won the seat in 2008, receiving a margin of over 800 votes in the 2020 Territory poll.