Education campaigner and former ACT Labor staffer Chris Steel will stand for party preselection for next year's ACT election.
Mr Steel announced his preselection bid in the seat of Murrumbidgee to family and friends on the weekend – ahead of the first anniversary of the death of his brother, Kurt Steel, an adviser to Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Jockeying for preselection across the major parties is well under way. Labor's nomination process has not formally opened but an announcement is due in October or November.
A member of Labor's Right faction, Mr Steel had been expected to seek preselection for more than a year. Last week he referred questions to ACT Labor secretary Matt Byrne.
Policy and research manager for Early Childhood Australia, Mr Steel is a former government relations director for the Australian Federal Police Association and staffer for federal Labor frontbenchers Kate Ellis and Joel Fitzgibbon.
He chaired the Australian National University Union board of directors and worked for Mr Barr and Education Minister Joy Burch in the Assembly. Mr Steel currently serves as a director of YMCA Canberra.
On Saturday he used a social media post to ask Labor members for support, with the slogan "a strong voice for the Southside".
"I've lived in Woden and Kambah for over 25 years," Mr Steel wrote. "I will fight to ensure that Canberra remains one of the world's most liveable cities and I will strongly support urban renewal in Woden, Weston and Kambah to boost the local economy and make the Southside an even better place to live.
"I have devoted my working life to ensuring the best outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our community. Education and social justice must be at the core of ACT Labor's mission, and I want to use my policy experience to fight for these issues in the Assembly."
Kurt Steel, 25, died in a bus crash in Bolivia on August 30, 2014, during a tour of South America with friends. Several tourists died and others were injured in the bus crash on the road to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats.
The popular and respected government media adviser was remembered by all sides of politicals as a Labor man of vision and service.
Other likely Labor preselection candidates include public servant Mark Kulasingham, Belconnen Community Council chair and blogger Tara Cheyne, high profile Mr Fluffy campaigner Brianna Heseltine and Australia India Business Council president Deepak-Raj Gupta.
Former public servant and Labor staffer Kim Fischer will seek preselection in the seat of Ginninderra. Ms Fischer, who worked as an electorate officer for former Fraser MP Bob McMullan and for Education Minister Joy Burch, has lived in Canberra since 2002.
Factionally unaligned, the Belconnen resident has highlighted the leadership visions of former chief minister Jon Stanhope and Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam in her announcement online. Ms Fischer will campaign for better policies on early childhood education, stronger communities and improved work-life balance.
Solicitor and Labor Right faction member Jennifer Newman declined to comment about a possible preselection bid on Sunday.
The ANU and University of Canberra graduate has wide volunteer experience and has served as a member of the Women Lawyers Association ACT committee, the ACT Law Society's young lawyers committee and territory branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.
The expansion of the Legislative Assembly from 17 to 25 has increased the challenge of preselection for all sides.
Elsewhere, Independent candidate Andrew Dewson has begun campaigning for the seat of Yerrabi.
The 30-year-old Commonwealth public servant has nominated good outcomes for residents of Gungahlin, Hall and the Belconnen suburbs as key objectives if elected, as well as homelessness, cost of living and renewable energy.