Western Victoria upper house candidate named tonight

Denis Napthine with City of Ballarat CEO Anthony Schinck and Mayor Cr Josh Morris. PIC: Jeremy Bannister

Denis Napthine with City of Ballarat CEO Anthony Schinck and Mayor Cr Josh Morris. PIC: Jeremy Bannister

TWELVE candidates have nominated for the Western Victoria upper house seat left vacant by Aaron Lane.

A decision will be made on the position at a meeting of the Liberal Party Administrative Committee tonight, with rumours Ballarat mayor Josh Morris may put his hand up for the position.

The position is second on the ballot and is seen as almost a certainty to be elected to state parliament.

Another City of Ballarat councillor Samantha Macintosh had also previously listed herself as a candidate during the preselection process for the position and may be a contender to take the spot.

Cr Morris is a member of the committee which will make the final decision, as is Premier Denis Napthine. 

Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay said he understood there was 12 candidates seeking preselection for the seat.

"I am very aware of some of the people who have nominated, they have rung me and sought some advice and I have been very happy to provide that," he said,

"It has been somewhat overshadowed I think that the admin are also meeting to discuss the preselection for the seat of Hawthorn where it was recently announced the previous premier Ted Baillieu was vacating."

Mr Ramsay would not comment on who had contacted him about the position on the ballot.

Cr Macintosh declined to comment whether she had nominated for the position. 

Cr Morris has been contacted for comment. 

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