The Nationals re-endorse Michael Johnsen as party's Upper Hunter candidate for 2019 State Election

UPPER Hunter MP Michael Johnsen was re-endorsed as the NSW Nationals candidate for the 2019 State Election at a pre-selection meeting on Saturday.

A country boy at heart, Mr Johnsen has been an active member of The Nationals for more than 20 years – and boasts a long family history in the region.

“I want to thank the members for their continued support,” he said.

“We’ve worked extremely hard together over the past four years and now we’re seeing the benefits with things like bypasses and hospitals.

“I’ve got a lot of wonderful plans for the Upper Hunter, but I need your support at the 2019 State Election to achieve those things for our community.”

NSW Nationals chairman Bede Burke congratulated Mr Johnsen on the result and said he would continue to be a strong voice for the region in Parliament.

“Michael understands the opportunities and challenges facing the Upper Hunter,” Mr Burke said.

“The focus of The Nationals is first and foremost on the people of our communities and I know that Michael will continue to be the strong voice for them in Parliament.”

Mr Johnsen faces Country Labor’s Martin Rush and Shooters Fishers and Farmers’ Lee Watts as his main rivals when the electorate heads to the polls next year.