Clive Palmer’s wife Anna nominated to run as a candidate for his party in the upcoming Queensland election, but a businessman was chosen instead.

Clive Palmer’s wife has been overlooked by her husband’s party in favour of a local businessman.

Anna Palmer nominated for preselection to contest the next Queensland election for the Palmer United Party (PUP) in the Gold Coast-based seat of Gaven, currently held by the party’s former state leader Alex Douglas.

But Mr Palmer announced on Wednesday local businessman Adam Marcinkowski had been endorsed as the party’s candidate ahead of his wife and another contender, Edward Fricker.

The federal MP and PUP leader said the endorsement was made on the recommendation of the pre-selection committee, heading by PUP director Peter Burke.

“(Mr Marcinkowski) has been an active and hardworking member of the party since the very beginning in 2013 and previously assisted candidates in the 2013 federal election,” Mr Palmer said.

“Mr Marcinkowski is looking forward to representing his local community as the party’s candidate for Gaven and is highly motivated to run against the current Independent, Dr Alex Douglas.”

Dr Douglas quit the party in August to become an independent, alleging a culture of “jobs for the boys”.

Mr Marcinkowski said he was looking forward to focusing on local issues in Gaven.

“I have lived in and around the electorate for the last 12 years and believe that I am best placed to represent the people and take action to ensure the best benefits for the community,” he said in a statement.

Ted Shepherd (Mudgeeraba), Jim MacAnally (Burleigh), Jeremy Davey (Kawana) and Steve Anderson (Maryborough) have also been preselected as PUP candidates so far to contest the 2015 poll.