Former Braddon Liberal MP Brett Whiteley says he won't be running in the next state election. Mr Whiteley loomed as an obvious potential candidate for the Liberals, having held the seat at state and federal level at times during an extended political career. It is understood he has had requests to stand in the next election. However, he ruled it out when asked on November 30. "I won't be a candidate," he said. Mr Whiteley recently took a job as principal advisor to Premier Jeremy Rockliff, with a focus on Tasmania's northern half. He is expected to play a significant role in the lead-up to the election, where the Liberals will try to extend a period in government stretching back to 2014. Meanwhile, real estate businesswoman and Devonport Deputy Mayor Stacey Sheehan is not certain if she will seek preselection for the Liberals in Braddon. "I'd need to give it some thought because I'm enjoying and committed to the Deputy Mayor role I was elected to a year ago," she said. "I have been encouraged by branch members to consider running in a future election and I'm very grateful for that show of confidence." The former Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry president said that from a business perspective she was confident the government would run full term (taking the election out to mid-2025). She said that was "so we have the stability we need during softer economic conditions next year". Ms Sheehan polled respectably for the Liberals in Braddon in the 2021 election without making the cut, as did government policy advisor Lara Hendriks. Comment was being sought from Ms Hendriks on whether she would seek preselection again. Mr Rockliff and Liberal ministers Roger Jaensch and Felix Ellis are expected to run again in Braddon.