Freya Fidge – Liberal Party
Freya Fidge was endorsed unopposed as the Liberal Party candidate for Geelong in April. Ms Fidge works in human resources at south-west milk processing company Fonterra and was an independent candidate at the 2017 Geelong City Council election. Her family has a long history in local government – her father Jim Fidge was the Mayor of Geelong from 1987-89 and her grandfather Roy Fidge was Mayor of Geelong from 1954-56 and 1964-68. Ms Fidge has pledged to reduce crime, reduce the cost of living pressures and reduce traffic congestion if she wins the November state election. She has also promised to establish a Minister for Geelong portfolio.
Christine Couzens – Labor Party
Christine Couzens is the incumbent Member for Geelong and will recontest the position after winning Labor Party preselection for the November state election. Ms Couzens has previously worked as an electorate officer for former Member for Geelong Ian Trezise, as a community law advisor and as a community development officer. As a candidate in the 2014 state election Ms Couzens said she would rejuvenate the city centre through inner city living, restore TAFE funding and make public transport more usable for students. In September 2017, Ms Couzens announced $1.6 million to bring four counsellors to the region. In October 2017 she announced $1.36 million for Barwon Health to help the hospital cope with an increase in flu-related conditions.