The Liberal Party has endorsed former WA Liberal president David Honey as its candidate for the Cottesloe by-election.
Dr Honey won the support at a pre-selection meeting overnight, beating BHP lawyer Emma Roberts and four other candidates for the election, triggered by the retirement of former premier Colin Barnett.
“The people of Cottesloe, the electors elected David Honey,” Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said.
“It was a fierce and open contest with a number of really good candidates and they chose him.”
He will now need to be endorsed at the party’s State Council meeting on Saturday.
Dr Honey is currently the president of the Kwinana Industries Council and a manager at Alcoa.
He is also a Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club member and served as the party’s State president in the 1990s for three years.
“I will stack David Honey up and his credentials against any of the Labor Party candidates, Barry Urban and others.”
Dr Nahan said Ms Roberts was an impressive candidate for the seat but Dr Honey was in a stronger position.
“They were very impressed with Emma Roberts, very impressed with her background, her intellect,” he said.
“She was a very good candidate, but they said overwhelmingly David Honey was better.”
Mr Barnett announced in December he was retiring from politics after 27 years in Parliament.
The by-election will be held on March 17.