Chief Minister Andrew Barr has again quashed talk he is putting his hand up for Canberra's third seat, but has admitted he thought about it once he saw the redistribution.
Labor is likely to benefit from the creation of the new federal lower house seat of Bean in last week's Australian Electoral Commission redistribution.
The new electorate of Bean will cover the ACT's southern region, including Tuggeranong, the Molonglo Valley, Weston Creek and part of the Woden Valley. The electorate of Fenner will include Gungahlin and most of Belconnen, while Canberra will cover Canberra's inner south and inner north, as well as Majura and parts of the Woden Valley.
The incumbent member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, has signalled she would put her hand up for the southern most seat, as it most closely aligns with her current distribution.
The incumbent member for Fenner Andrew Leigh has said he will run for that seat again, leaving the centre of Canberra wide open.
Mr Barr, who represents the inner north and inner south Canberra electorate of Kurrajong in the ACT Legislative Assembly, told ABC Canberra's Chief Minister Talkback once he saw that, he thought about running in the centre seat "maybe for a moment but life goes on”.
“Well look. I’ve previously indicated that I’m not contemplating nominating for that seat. The media can continue to speculate about all of this and guess that will be resolved one way or another once nominations have closed, we can end all of the speculation at that point," Mr Barr said.
Meanwhile another speculative candidate has said he is "flattered" his name came up in the preselection jockeying.
Kel Watt, a member of ACT Labor's right faction and lobbyist for the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club told ABC radio said it was inevitable his name, among others, would be thrown up.
"It's flattering whenever you see your name pop up but having been a reasonably high profile figure within the Labor party for 27 years now, I've run before, I've worked up on the hill, I'm active in the community, I think my name along with about a dozen others that popped up in that article was always going to be there," Mr Watt said,
"Right now I'll give you the standard response, there's no preselection, the boundaries are yet to be fully determined so I'll take it, it was nice. I got a ribbing from a couple of mates when they saw that article, but until there's a process there's no process, and if you can get a better response from anyone mate, good luck."
Both new federal seats created last week in the ACT and Victoria are tipped to be taken by Labor.
However the Greens have said they will target the urban seat of Canberra hard in the upcoming election, in an echo of their campaign for Batman.