Political adviser Felix Ellis has confirmed he will stand in a recount for a seat in Tasmanian Parliament left vacant by Joan Rylah.
Ms Rylah on Monday morning announced she had resigned from politics.
She was re-elected to Parliament in 2019 after former Braddon Liberal MHA Adam Brooks resigned.
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The state's Electoral Act precludes Mr Brooks for nominating in the recount for the empty seat as rules dictate a nominee cannot have been elected at the last election.
This means Mr Ellis is the only eligible Liberal member on the party's 2018 Braddon ticket.
He won 1842 primary votes at the last election to Ms Rylah's 3436 votes.
If he had not decided to be part of the recount, the government could have called a by-election, rather than see the seat go to Labor.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commission on Monday said nominations needed to be received by August 17.
Commissioner Andrew Hawkey said the recount would commence shortly after that date.
This means Mr Ellis could take his seat in Parliament when it resumes next month.
There were calls from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community in 2017 for then-premier Will Hodgman to disendorse Mr Ellis as an election candidate after a perceived racist Facebook post.
Mr Ellis had republished a photograph which compared a brick to an Aboriginal artifact.
At the time, he said he intended the image to be a light-hearted joke and did not mean to cause offence.
Tasmanian Aboginal Centre chief executive Heather Sculthorpe at the time said the post was racist and that Mr Ellis had made a mockery of Aboriginal heritage.
Premier Peter Gutwein on Monday said the matter had been dealt with.
"He wouldn't be the frist political that Heather Sculthorpe has asked to be disendorsed over time," he said.
"But setting that aside, it was dealt with at the time and he's moved on.
"Felix will bring a range of new skills and ideas to the table as part of the refreshing of the Liberal Party."
Ms Rylah had been a strong advocate on reopening four-wheel-drive tracks closed in the Tarkine area to protect Aboriginal heritage.
Ms Sculthorpe said the Aboriginal community would be happy to see Ms Rylah leave politics.
"She opposed Aboriginal rights at every turn," she said.
"Premier Gutwein at least needs to pull his new candidate-in-waiting into line and ensure that he shows greater respect for aboriginal heritage."
Mr Ellis worked as a plumber on the West Coast before he took up a job with Liberal senator Richard Colbeck.
Born in Western Australia, he moved to Tasmania with his partner Margot Kelly after his mother had done six years ago.
Mr Ellis is a dual citizen of Lithuania which prevents him from standing for a federal seat.
He is the senior vice president of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce.
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