Port Macquarie solicitor Patrick Conaghan will represent the Nationals in Cowper at the next Federal election.
The pre-selection vote was held in Macksville on Saturday where four candidates ran for the chance to represent the division following the retirement of current member, Luke Hartsuyker.
Prior to Mr Conaghan's admission to the NSW Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia, he served as a Detective and Police Prosecutor in the New South Wales Police Force for 12 years.
He has been a practicing Lawyer in the area of Criminal Defence for over 17 years.
Although the date is yet to be set for the Federal election, campaigning has got into full swing with the website domain name patrickconaghan.com appearing to have been purchased by Labor, with the page re-directing to Andrew Woodward's Labor website.
The latest announcement leaves one final question on candidates for the upcoming election, whether or not Rob Oakeshott will contest the seat?
While it is expected that he will run as an independent, this could make the chances of Labor's Andrew Woodward securing the division more difficult if Labor preferences go to the independent.
Sally Townley has also confirmed that she will run for the Greens.