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Drum wins Nicholls

Drum wins Nicholls

Drum wins Nicholls

Nationals candidate Damian Drum has been re-elected for his second term in the seat of Nicholls. Considered a ‘very safe’ Nationals seat, Mr Drum has won first preference over Labor candidate Bill Lodwick.

Prior to Mr Drum’s election in 2016, the seat had been held by the Liberal party from 1996. Liberal’s Dr Sharman Stone held the seat with little difficulty until retirement at the 2016 election. A three-cornered contest in 2016 was one by Mr Drum.

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Prior to the 2019 election, the Nicholls electorate was under the name ‘Murray’, and had been redistributed. The electorate decreased in size from 19,500 to 14,768 square kilometres. The electorate lost Loddon Shire to Mallee, and Euroa and Violet Town to Indi, while gaining Seymour and Broadford from McEwen.

Mr Drum was educated locally in Shepparton and Kilmore and is a qualified builder, running his own business from 1987 to 1993. However, Drum is better known for his AFL career. He played 65 games for Geelong, before becoming the senior coach for the Fremantle Dockers from 1999-2001. He became the senior coach of the Bendigo Diggers in 2002, when he was first elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for North Western Province. He was re-elected for the Northern Victorian Region in 2006, 2010 and 2014, before resigning in 2016 to contest the seat of Murray.

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