Cooma-Monaro mayor Dean Lynch has added an intriguing element - and an unpredictable influence - to the upcoming federal election by announcing he will stand as a candidate for billionaire Clive Palmer's United Party.
He will fight for the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro against Labor incumbent Mike Kelly and Liberal challenger Peter Hendy.
Mr Lynch, who is an independent member of Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, said he was nominating because federal politicians "really don't get" the need for a regional approach.
He said he would be a strong local voice and would stand up for local people.
He said the area had been ignored by the major parties for too long and this had to change.
Mr Lynch said he loved being an independent politician at local government level but he felt he would be able to represent local people more effectively if he entered the federal arena.
"I believe Australians are sick of the way the country is currently being run," he said.
"Where has the common sense gone? This is why I am prepared to dedicate my time and energy to the Palmer United Party."
He declined to say which party would receive his preferences.
Announcing Mr Lynch's candidature, Clive Palmer said a win in Eden-Monaro would be a key to the Palmer United Party becoming Australia's next government
He said Mr Lynch had been mayor for the past four years and during this time he had been the driving force behind a tertiary facility, economic development and tourism for the Cooma Monaro Region.
He said Mr Lynch was an outstanding candidate for a crucial seat which has historically been held by the governing party.
"He is a highly credentialled candidate for what will be one of the most closely watched seats at the September 14 election."
He described Mr Lynch as a fifth generation farmer with extensive business experience.
Mr Lynch said he believed that Australians were entitled to a better government. The Palmer United Party's policies would stimulate growth in the economy, reduce taxes and build confidence in Australia's business community.
"Together we will work to create a stronger economy and a fairer society that will benefit all Australians now and well into the future," he said.
The Palmer United Party plans to field candidates in all 150 House of Representative seats at the September election as well as Senate teams in all states and territories.