Lachlan Hunter is on the brink of being rubberstamped to replace former Nationals leader Mia Davies in the country party’s heartland Central Wheatbelt electorate. Mr Hunter was the only candidate to nominate for the seat, which is held by the Nationals on a notional margin of 9.2 per cent following a recent redraw of electoral boundaries. The WA Nationals State Council meets later this month to endorse his candidacy, but that process is considered procedural and is not expected to throw up any surprises. The West Australian revealed in 2023 that Mr Hunter had bought the Northam home previously owned by former Nationals leader Brendon Grylls — and later rented by Ms Davies. Mr Hunter, 28, is a previous president of the WA Young Nationals, and spent five years working for Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie, beginning in 2017. The span included a nine-month secondment to work as the WA Nationals’ State director and campaign co-ordinator in the lead-up to the 2021 election. He returned to Northam in July and has spent the past year working for Australia Post in government affairs. Mr Lachlan’s preselection flyer details growing up as part of a “pioneering family in Bruce Rock” and attending the WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin before heading to Canberra. “I have seen first-hand the challenges that our regional communities face and have built my career around advocating for hardworking regional families,” the flyer reads. “I began working in the grain and live export industry before taking on a senior role advising the Federal Government on policies related to agriculture and regional development. “Today, I work for Australia Post in a corporate role, where my goal is to ensure the regions are supported with essential services, and our regional post office network remains the lifeblood of our Wheatbelt towns.” He nominated fighting to overturn Federal Labor’s ban on live sheep exports, reducing mobile tower blackspots, improving regional roads, and securing investment in Wheatbelt towns among his priorities. The flyer includes endorsements from Senator McKenzie and Mr Grylls, with the latter praising Mr Hunter’s “strength of conviction built on an understanding that hard work delivers outcomes”. Ms Davies will vacate Central Wheatbelt at the 2025 election after announcing her shock decision to stand down as the party leader and retire from politics a year ago. The electorate has a rich tradition of providing WA Nationals leaders. In addition to Ms Davies and Mr Grylls, legendary WA Nationals figure Hendy Cowan represented the same area for nearly three decades — including 23 years as party leader — as the MP for the now-abolished seat of Merredin. All three launched their political careers aged 31 or younger. Mr Hunter’s preselection is expected to be formally confirmed on February 24.