As the Liberal candidate for Canberra, Jessica Adelan-Langford has a huge task ahead of her: she’s taking on Labor MP Gai Brodtmann in a seat that’s been held by the Labor Party for twenty years.
Adelan-Langord’s task has been complicated, too, by recruitment problems within the Liberal Party.
Her nomination for Liberal Party pre-selection was initially deemed invalid, as she had not attended any Liberal Party branch meetings in the three months before her nomination.
The Liberal Party’s management committee overturned this finding after it received no other valid nominations for pre-selection. Adelan-Langford’s candidacy was thus endorsed and announced on April 28, along with the candidacies of Robert Gunning (for the seat of Fenner), and Senator Zed Seselja and Jane Hiatt (for the Senate).
The Liberal Party admits that the large margins enjoyed by sitting MPs Andrew Leigh and Gai Brodtmann make it difficult to run candidates in the ACT.
The 7.4% swing required to unseat Brodtmann is daunting, but the ACT Liberals are gearing up for a campaign based on taxation, superannuation and negative gearing. “These are very important issues to Canberrans,” Senator Zed Seselja told the ABC.
Adelan-Langford, of Holder, moved to the ACT nine years ago. A graduate of the Australian National University (ANU), the mother-of-two works in Weston Creek as a lawyer. She formerly owned and operated Forward Styling in Melbourne, and has a history of designing and creating fascinators.
Adelan-Langford did not respond to requests for an interview from UniPollWatch.