Former Australian Medical Association president Bill Glasson will contest former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith.

Dr Bill Glasson has been endorsed as Liberal National Party candidate for the by-election in Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith.

The party said on Wednesday that Mr Glasson had been preselected unopposed for the federal by-election in the former prime minister’s Brisbane seat.

The ophthalmologist, a close friend of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, was a narrow second in September’s election, attracting a 5.5 per cent swing and reducing Mr Rudd’s margin to three per cent.

“If given the privilege, I will be a strong local voice in government. I’ll be committed to making positive changes for the people of Griffith, for our community and for Australia,” Dr Glasson said in a statement on Wednesday.

He’ll have plenty of time to campaign.

Mr Rudd, who held the seat for 15 years, plans to submit his formal letter of resignation later this week, pushing out the likely date of a by-election into next year.

LNP state director Brad Henderson said Dr Glasson would be a “strong and effective voice” if elected.

Labor is yet to announce who its candidate will be, but employment and industrial relations lawyer Terri Butler has emerged as front runner.