The sitting member for Huon in the Legislative Council, Robert Armstrong, is being challenged by one of his relatives.
Small business owner and hairdresser Debbie Armstrong of Cygnet is standing as an independent for the seat.
Ms Armstrong, who is believed to Mr Armstrong's great niece, said she was a "true independent" and issues that needed addressing in the electorate included infrastructure, planning laws and access to services for children with disability.
"We need a review of the planning laws because they are complicated and confusing," Ms Armstrong said.
"When it comes to infrastructure the Huon is not coping with the rate of growth in the past decade.
"My mission is to be the voice that can link community with policy."
Ms Armstrong said it was vital that residents of the Huon electorate had better access to health and education services.
"We have people who have to drive two hours to Hobart to get services for their children with a disability," she said.
"Towns south of Hobart should be entitled to the same services as those in the city."
Ms Armstrong says as the only woman contesting Huon she hopes she will offer a "different voice".
Mr Armstrong, a former Huon mayor, was elected in 2014.