Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser will look to replace Pat Pimm in the B.C. legislature in this spring's election.
Fraser announced his candidacy for Peace River North Wednesday morning at his home in the district. He will run as an independent.
"I have decided to run as an independent candidate as I have always been an independent thinker," Fraser said in a statement.
"Our region is full of independent minded people who have proven that when we come together we can develop unique solutions to many of our challenges. It’s time to use those talents to put Northeast BC back on the provincial map."
Fraser is the third candidate to enter the race alongside BC Liberal Dan Davies and fellow independent Jeff Richert.
Fraser was first elected to Taylor council in 1994 and served for 12 years before being elected mayor in 2014.
He first moved his family to Northeast B.C. in 1976 in Fort Nelson, moving to Taylor in 1993.
Fraser cited his 34-year career in safety management consulting for the natural resource sector, as well as his work to help establish the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition as Taylor's mayor, in giving him the track record to represent the regions interests.
“I am very excited at the prospect of promoting the enhancing the interests of my regional community,” he said.
Former Taylor mayor Fred Jarvis has endorsed Fraser's capabilities.
"Rob is is a leader who knows how to get things done for his community," said Jarvis.
"By working collaboratively with all stakeholders Rob has had a tremendous impact on our region. Rob has strong roots, his regional approach will not only be good for our region but for the entire province. He can make a difference for every person."
British Columbians head to the polls May 9.
Learn more at electrobfraser.ca.