COOMA could have a stronger voice in state parliament from next March with Nimmitabel's Bronnie Taylor in the box seat for a spot in the Legislative Council.
The Cooma-Monaro Shire Council deputy mayor was preselected as the second candidate on the Nationals ticket for the state's upper house at a meeting in Sydney last Friday.
Cr Taylor was preselected behind the current state director of the Nationals, Ben Franklin, but ahead of Trevor Kahn, current member for Murray Darling John Williams - whose seat will be abolished at the next election - and Melinda Pavey.
Claiming the second spot means Cr Taylor is in a winnable position come the election on March 28.
In a statement released late yesterday afternoon, Cr Taylor said she was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
"I am very grateful for the faith that the NSW Nationals have placed in me to be a candidate for the Legislative Council," Cr Taylor said.
"It is a great honour and privilege to have the opportunity to stand up for the people of southern New South Wales and those in regional areas more broadly.
"Our communities deserve a government that places them front and centre and this is why having a strong Nationals presence in Parliament is so important.
"My background is in agriculture and health. Together with my husband Duncan, we operate farming enterprises both on the Monaro Plains and in the Riverina and have been involved in local agriculture for over 20 years.
"Additionally, I am also the Director of Cancer Services and Innovation for Southern New South Wales and a board member of both the Southern NSW Local Health District and the NSW Veterinary Board.
"Working in cancer services has been both exceptionally rewarding yet challenging. However it has demonstrated to me the importance of ensuring that no matter where a person lives, they deserve access to the same quality of services that those in metropolitan areas take for granted.
'The next 12 months before the State election will be very exciting. The Nationals and Liberal government has been delivering on their promises and I'm looking forward to being an important part of their strong team."