Nomi Kaltmann has been chosen to run as the independent local candidate for the seat of Caulfield, in Melbourne’s south-east, at Victoria’s state election.

The 30-year-old lawyer, journalist and mother-of-three has been chosen by the newly formed Voices of Caulfield group and will run at the next election against the deputy Liberal leader, David Southwick, who holds the seat on a razor-thin 0.1% margin.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly terrified, but I really believe this is the moment and the time and people have an appetite for an independent candidate in a seat like Caulfield,” Kaltmann told Guardian Australia.