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Palmer for Rosevears

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The Tasmanian Liberals have confirmed reports Jo Palmer is having a tilt at politics.

President Rod Scurrah says the retired news anchor will run as a Liberal for the Upper House seat of Rosevears, with incumbent Kerry Finch not contesting the May polls.

“A long-time resident of West Launceston and well-known television newsreader, if elected Jo will be your trusted voice for Rosevears in the Government," said Mr Scurrah. 

In a statement Ms Palmer says she's passionate about local jobs and small business growth.

 “I have chosen to join the Liberal Party because it is consistent with my personal values including supporting families, and that hand-up opportunities offer far greater long-term benefit than a hand-out," she said. 

“Having worked in a team for many years reporting the news, I also believe that the best way to get results is as part of a strong team."

She'll take on contenders including former Launceston Mayor Janie Finlay. 

In the seat of Huon, GP Bastian Siedel will try and knock off Robert Armstrong for Labor.