The WA Liberals are lining up a trio of highly-credential regional candidates for an assault on country seats believed to be vulnerable to a backlash against a raft of Labor policies and its record-of-delivery in the bush. Lawyer Amanda Kailis — a member of the famous West Australian pearl farming and seafood dynasty — is understood to be contemplating a run in the completely redrawn Pilbara electorate, which from 2025 will take in the shires of Ashburton and Exmouth. In Kalgoorlie, former Nationals candidate Rowena Olsen, who works in external relations for Goldfields miner Lynas Rare Earths, is believed to have recently applied to join the Liberals. And on the south coast, Australian Army veteran and specialist emergency doctor Thomas Brough has been linked to Liberal preselection for Albany. None of the three potential candidates would comment when contacted. Ms Kailis is currently employed as senior assistant State solicitor, a role that included carriage of the WA Government’s battle with John Holland over defects at Perth Children’s Hospital. She previously worked at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and with a range of private firms in a 25-year legal career that has spanned UK, New Zealand, NSW and WA. She is also a non-executive director of MG Kailis Group, the decades-old family business synonymous with high-end jewellery and seafood in WA. Kailis’ commercial fishing arm — sold to South African company Sea Harvest in 2022 — was built out of the Exmouth Gulf and the family owns a home in Learmonth. Following a recent boundary redistribution, Pilbara is held by Labor MP Kevin Michel by a notional margin of 18.5 per cent. Apart from Nationals Leader Brendan Grylls from 2013 to 2017, Pilbara has been held by Labor for the past 40 years. Ms Olsen attracted 10.9 per cent of the Kagloorlie vote as a Nationals candidate at the 2021 election but now appears poised to follow Northwest Central MP Mem Beard in defecting to the Liberals. Her interest follows a major blackout that plunged Kalgoorlie into darkness for two days following a severe thunderstorm last month, an event that triggered widespread community anger and prompted the Liberals to delay the closing date for candidates. Ms Olsen has spent the past three years at Lynas Rare Earths, and prior to that managed the Goldfieds-Esperance arm of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy. Kalgoorlie is held by first-term MP Ali Kent by a margin of 11.4 per cent, with her 2021 victory the first for Labor in the electorate since 1996. Dr Brough is an Albany councillor who works in the emergency department of the local hospital, having arrived in the town following a military career that saw him rise to the rank of captain in the Australian Army. He served overseas in East Timor and remains an inactive reservist. The departure of popular and long-serving Labor MP Peter Watson at the last election opened the door to a seat that had previously spent nearly three decades in Liberal hands — but it was slammed shut by Rebecca Stephens, who increased her party’s margin to 13.7 per cent. A subsequent boundary redistribution has trimmed Labor’s lead in Albany slightly to 11 per cent and the electorate — alongside Kalgoorlie and Pilbara — are viewed as potentially in play for the Liberals following a series of contentious government decisions. The failed rollout of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act — which ended in a spectacular backflip — is believed to have resonated most strongly in regional WA, while there is simmering anger over the move to end native logging and Federal Labor’s phase out of live sheep export. Still, the Liberals flipping any of the three seats will rely heavily on a strong candidate with broad appeal to their electorate. All three seats are expected to be three-cornered contests with the Nationals also likely to run candidates.