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Liberal Party picks new candidates for Victorian state election

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Anna Whitelaw

The Victorian Liberal Party has replaced a candidate who quit ahead of the state election after making offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Jack Lyons was standing for the marginal seat of Bendigo West but withdrew his candidacy on Monday after party officials were informed of hundreds of sexist and racist posts on his Facebook page.

His replacement Michael Langdon was unanimously endorsed by the party’s administrative committee as the new Bendigo West candidate on Thursday.

Mr Lyons is the second Liberal candidate to resign over social media posts ahead of the state election on November 29. Aaron Lane was the endorsed Liberal candidate for the upper house seat of Western Region when he resigned last week over a series of crude tweets. Nominations for the vacant Western Region position will open on Saturday, Mr Mantach said.

Seven other Liberal candidates were also endorsed by the party on Thursday, including Tony Schneider who will contest the north-eastern seat of Eurora, in defiance of the National Party.

Mr Schneider will go head-to-head with National Party candidate Steph Ryan who has been campaigning in the north-eastern seat for six months. The seat was recently redistributed but is notionally held by the Nationals by a safe margin. The two coalition parties have had an agreement since 2008 not to run candidates against each other in safe seats.

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