Migrant community leaders and former election candidates have put up their hand to run for the Canberra Liberals at next year's territory election.
The president of Canberra Greyhound Racing Club and a senior government bureaucrat are also among the 17 candidates to have nominated to fill the remaining spots on the Liberals' 2020 election ticket.
Party members have already re-endorsed the Liberals' sitting MLAs - except for the retiring Vicki Dunne - as part of its new two-stage preselection process.
Branch members will meet again later this month to select non-incumbents, although contested ballots will only be needed for two seats - the Belconnen-based seat of Ginninderra and the electorate of Brindabella, in Canberra's south.
The field of aspiring candidates includes Indian community leaders Amardeep Singh and Krishna Nadimpalli, who are eyeing the seats of Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi respectively.
Mr Singh, who was the inaugural president of the Federation of Indian Associations of ACT, said he wanted to be a force for positive change in Canberra.
"The current state of Canberra is poor, and there are people who are doing it tough and struggling make ends meet," Mr Singh said.
Five candidates are vying for four positions in Ginninderra, including Canberra Greyhound Racing Club president Alan Tutt.
Mr Tutt - who ran for the Canberra Community Voters party in Ginninderra in 2016, winning just 0.6 per cent of the vote - has been a vocal critic of the ACT government's decision to ban greyhound racing in the territory.
Peter Cain, who is the director of objections and appeals at the government's revenue office, has also nominated. Mr Cain is also ACT Law Society vice president.
Former election candidates Robert Gunning and Ignatius Rozario, along with Kacey Lam, round out the field.
In the other 'live' ballot, James Daniels, who runs a tax and accountancy firm, will challenge former candidates Emmanuel Ezekiel-Hart and Jane Hiatt for the two remaining spots on the party's Brindabella ticket.
The Liberals are set to run candidates who failed at May's federal election in the two electorates likely to shape next year's territory ballot.
Ed Cocks, who ran unsuccessfully in the seat of Bean, has nominated to contest Murrumbidgee. The Liberals are confident they can snatch a third seat in the Woden-based electorate, following Caroline Le Couteur's decision not to recontest.
If the Liberals are to win majority government at next year's election, they will likely need to secure another seat in the Gungahlin-based electorate of Yerrabi.
Country music singer Leanne Castley has put her hand up to run, six months after she failed to topple Labor's Andrew Leigh in the seat of Fenner at the federal election.
Jacob Vadakkedathu, who contested the seat at the 2016 ACT election, also wants to run again.