Leen Braam, who runs an Ashburton landscape business, is challenging Donna Favel for the Ashburton mayoralty.
Mr Braam announced his candidacy yesterday.
“I will stand for council and for the mayoralty. I want to get back to basics. I’m an advocate for the district.”
Mr Braam said it was not urban or rural – but it was the district as a whole he supported.
“I’m standing for everyone.
“I’ve been here for 40 years and this district has been good to me and I want to give something back.
“I’m a clear thinker. I like logic.”
Mr Braam said he had the full support of his family.
He said he was standing on his own strengths.