Candidate identified

JUST months after the federal election was decided, the Labor Party has stepped up its bid to re-take Kiama at the 2015 state election.

At a recent state electoral committee meeting, Gerroa barrister Glenn Kolomeitz was unanimously endorsed as the party's spokesman for the seat of Kiama and could prove to be the frontrunner for preselection.

"There will be nominations and a preselection - I've always said I wouldn't have it any other way," he said.

"I think I'm a popular nominee and I've got a lot of support."

He indicated Sussex Street could open nominations as soon as early 2014 to select a challenger for Liberal Member for Kiama Gareth Ward.

"It's not a walk-up start - it will be hard work for Labor to take it or for the Liberals to retain it," he said.

"The Liberals always preselect early and that's a good strategy, I believe."

Mr Kolomeitz has already released statements attacking the Liberals over the Albion Park bypass.

He said previous MP Matt Brown had secured the bypass route, but Mr Ward said the only thing bypassed was the truth.

"The corridor was set aside in 1995, before Matt Brown was elected to parliament, so I'm happy to shadow-box anyone from the Labor Party," he said.

"But what they really need to do is actually find a candidate."

Mr Ward has been pre-selected as the Liberal candidate for 2015.

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