Former Bass Liberal MHA David Fry has announced he will stand as an independent candidate for the seat of Rosevears in the May Legislative Council elections.
Mr Fry (pictured) was elected to the House of Assembly by a recount in 2000 following the resignation of Frank Madill.
He failed to retain his seat in the 2002 state election which went to Premier Peter Gutwein.
Mr Fry had another unsuccessful tilt with the Liberal Party in the 2006 state election.
He has been a regional administrator with Cricket Tasmania for the past six years.
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Mr Fry said the region needed true independent representation in order for it to thrive.
"Now more than ever it is vitally important to hold the new premier to account on his promises to deliver more in health and affordable housing," he said.
Mr Fry said he cancelled his membership the Liberal Party some years ago.
He said the upper house should be kept largely independent to ensure legislation is thoroughly scrutinised.
Incumbent member Kerry Finch announced last year he would not recontest in the election.
Social worker Jack Davenport will run for the Greens in the election for the Tamar Valley-based seat and union organiser Jess Greene will run for Labor.
Launceston businesswoman Vivienne Gale will stand as an independent as will City of Launceston councillor Janie Finlay.