Georgina Downer won Liberal preselection to contest the Federal seat of Mayo in 2019

Georgina Downer.

Georgina Downer.

After losing the July by-election for the Federal seat of Mayo, the Liberal Party has returned its faith to Georgina Downer to go one better in 2019.

The Liberal Party has preselected Georgina Downer as the Liberal candidate for Mayo to contest the next Federal Election.

Ms Downer lost the by-election to Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie, who was the sitting Member before she was forced to resign. Ms Downer polled 37.44 per cent and Ms Sharkie 44.37 per cent in what was a two way battle to the line in the July by-election. 

Ms Sharkie resigned due to the dual citizenship issue after breaking a 32 year old Liberal stranglehold on the seat of Mayo at the 2016 Federal election when she defeated Liberal sitting Member Jamie Briggs.

Ms Downer was appointed at a preselection meeting held at Tatachilla this month, which was attended by approximately 400 Liberal Party members.

A former Australian Diplomat, lawyer and consultant, Georgina Downer is looking forward to continuing in the role as the Liberal party candidate for Mayo and talking to the people living in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island about the things that matter to them.

“I am humbled to be chosen by the Liberal Party members in Mayo to be their candidate at the upcoming Federal Election,” Ms Downer said.

“The choice for people in Mayo at the next election will be whether they want the continuation of a Coalition Government led by Scott Morrison or a Shorten-led Labor Government.  

“A choice between a strong economy for all or a high-taxing aspiration-sapping state run by vested interests.

“I will work tirelessly to ensure the people in Mayo have a strong voice in Canberra.

“My community is what matters and it deserves nothing but the best representation in Canberra.”

It is expected the Federal election will be held in mid-2019.