Candidates line up as election is called
May 18 has been confirmed as federal election day with Darren Chester set to re-contest the ultra-safe seat of Gippsland for the National Party.
At the 2016 election Mr Chester from Lakes Entrance retained the seat with a two-party preferred vote of 68.4 per cent. He was elected to the House of Representatives at a by-election in 2008, caused by the resignation of Peter McGauran.
Although nominations are still to be called by the Australian Electoral Commission, we know that Mr Chester will face challenges from at least three candidates.