The seat of Launceston had been held by Terry Martin since 2004. Martin was facing court on charges of child sex offences, and was not recontesting the election. A frontrunner emerged in Adriana Taylor, Glenorchy Mayor and Labor Party member, although in common with the prevalence of independents in the Legislative Council, Taylor did not seek party endorsement. There were suggestions that Lisa Singh, defeated Labor MHA and former government minister, or Andrew Wilkie might run, but these came to nothing. The Labor Party did endorse a candidate, Health and Community Services Union official Tim Jacobson. The Tasmanian Greens endorsed Housing Tasmania policy officer Kartika Franks, who ran on the Greens' ticket in Denison at the 2010 state election.
Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic elections, 2010: Elwick