National

Contenders to become next Tassie premier

By AAP Newswire

TWO LIBERALS ARE IN THE RACE TO BE TASMANIA'S 46TH PREMIER

Peter Gutwein

* Treasurer and Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage.

* First elected to state parliament in 2002 in the northern seat of Bass.

* Has overseen a period of economic growth in Tasmania, but also rising net debt.

* Is running in conjunction with incumbent deputy premier Jeremy Rockliff.

* Before politics held senior management positions in financial services in Europe.

* Is a qualified black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do.

* Married with two children, aged 55.

Michael Ferguson

* Minister for State Growth, Science and Technology, Infrastructure and Transport, Small Business and Leader of the House.

* First elected to state parliament in 2010 in the northern seat of Bass.

* Served as federal member for Bass from 2004-07.

* Managed the state's troubled health system since the Liberals' election in 2014, but was stripped of the portfolio last year.

* Devout Christian who worked as a high school teacher before entering politics.

* Is running on a ticket with current Attorney General and Justice Minister Else Archer as his deputy.

* Married with three children, aged 45.