Greg Butler will run for the Australian Democrats in the federal seat of Eden Monaro in the coming election.
Mr Butler, a Murrumbateman resident, is aiming to win the seat from Labor's Kristy McBain in an expected May election.
The professional engineer Democrats Foundation member has had a long career in rail construction and management throughout Australia.
He said he had an extensive record of community involvement and volunteer work, and had twice served as a shire councillor.
"There needs to be a voice in the federal parliament that rises above the squabbling of Labor and Liberal, that gives a vision of a more just, fair and sustainable society, and that moves us towards a better future for us, our children, our grandchildren, and the generations to come," Mr Butler said.
"We should expect a naturally clean, healthy and sustainable environment to live in and enjoy. Australians deserve an economy that supports all of us, not just the majority of us, and that does not mortgage or sell our future.
"We should have a solid high technology diverse manufacturing base, and resilient rural communities. Nobody in our affluent society should be living in poverty. We should all expect access to adequate quality health care and to world class education. We (also) need secure affordable housing for all, from the time we are children, through becoming parents ourselves, then into our old age."
Mr Butler maintained the current government had failed to deliver and Labor had been "ineffective" in arguing for change when in opposition.
"Parliament, apart from the handful of independents, has become mired in petty party politics and Australia has suffered," he said.
"I am asking the people of Eden Monaro to think about their choice at this election. Do people really want to vote for a Labor or Liberal representative, knowing that this will let them continue to waste precious time and opportunities while they bicker over trivialities?"
Mr Butler has lived at Murrumbateman for more than 20 years. He was raised at Bega and started his education at that town's Infants School.
He previously contested Hume for the Australian Democrats in 1993, 1998 and 2010 when Yass formed part of the electorate. This will be his 21st election campaign for local, state or federal election.
The Liberal Party confirmed Dr Jeremy Nockles as its candidate over the weekend.
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