New Victorian independent candidate Nomi Kaltmann, who is aiming to take out the Liberal Party’s second-in-command at the November election, recalls the exact moment the Labor Party lost her.

It was August 2019 and the state Labor Party had to find a replacement in the upper house for Philip Dalidakis following his sudden resignation.

Enver Erdogan, a former lawyer with Maurice Blackburn and councillor in Melbourne’s north, was parachuted into the southern metropolitan electorate with the backing of the powerful Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association union.

“That was the precise moment I decided I would never run for the Labor Party,” Ms Kaltmann, who once worked for two Labor MPs, told The Australian Financial Review.