Windermere's Legislative Council seat vacated by resigning MLC Ivan Dean has become a five-horse race.
City of Launceston councillor Rob Soward has announced he will contest the Legislative Council election as an Independent.
Mr Soward has studied and worked in the Windermere electorate for many years and has been an elected member of the Launceston council for the past 11.5 consecutive years.
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Four of those years he spent as deputy mayor.
Mr Soward said he had chosen to run because he believed the Legislative Council played a vital role in holding the state government accountable by advocating for his constituents.
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"The Legislative Council has the opportunity to break the stalemate between the two major parties in the lower house," he said.
He pointed to Independent Mersey MLC Mike Gaffney's recent success, who recently successfully lobbied to get Tasmania's voluntary assisted dying legislation to pass both levels of Parliament.
Mr Soward said he would campaign on jobs, health, education, and housing as part of his election campaign.
He said he would lobby the government to bring more jobs to the Windermere electorate, particularly in George Town and Launceston's Northern Suburbs, including Rocherlea, Waverley and Ravenswood.
"Take hydrogen for example, both sides of government are supportive of hydrogen projects but I haven't seen one single job created."
Mr Soward said he'd lobby to encourage businesses to invest in those regions to increase the number of well-paid jobs.
There are now three Independent candidates for Windermere's seat, the election of which will be held on May 1, the same day as the lower house state election.
Will Smith, of JCP Empowering Youth, was endorsed by the retiring member Ivan Dean as his preferred candidate.
Mr Soward joins already declared Independent candidate Vivienne Gale, who announced her candidacy in February.
The Liberal Party has endorsed former television identity Nick Duigan as their candidate, and Labor has endorsed former Bass MHR Geoff Lyons as their candidate.
Mr Soward said he'd decided to run about a week ago after being encouraged by council constituents.
He said he truly believed in the Upper House's independence, which was why he'd decided to stand unaffiliated to a party.
I am not afraid to take some flak and stand up for people, so I think that will hold me in good stead if I am elected as an MLC.Rob Soward
Mr Soward, who faced public criticism following a harassment complaint in 2017, said he believed the matter was resolved.
He said he was looking towards the future and his campaign.
A magistrate, who chose to not convict Mr Soward over the incident following a guilty plea, said "he was a man of good character".
Other election priorities include improving the electorate's health outcomes, easing the social housing and rental crises, and improving access to quality courses for young people.