Unhappy with some of the decisions being made at Dubbo Regional Council, Mick Catelotti decided the best way to change things was to put his hand up for election.
Mr Catelotti, who is born and bred in Dubbo, is running in the north ward.
"I've spent the last 20-odd years following the council very closely and I intend to make it better," he said.
The auto-electrician has been employed in his own business since 2004.
"My business has always been located in west Dubbo which is why I've decided to run in the north ward," he said.
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"I spend most of my day here every day so I've met quite a few of the community members over here. I liaise with a lot of different people every day and I think a lot of people are unhappy with council at the moment."
Mr Catelotti said one of the biggest issues for him was the condition of the roads and the length of time it took for them to be repaired.
He said the work to repair potholes was "subpar" and only lasted a few months.
The council candidate's other area of concern is the work being undertaken to install traffic lights at intersection of Baird Street and the Newell Highway.
"The fact that it's not a 24/7 crew shows that Dubbo has been left out in the cold," he said.
"These roadworks should have been finished a long time ago. It's affected my business and it's affected all of the businesses in west Dubbo.
"We need our representatives, like Dugald Saunders, to stand up for us and get us better services."
Mr Catelotti said he had always followed council with fairly keen interest, and had grown up with former mayor Ben Shields, but it was only recently that he decide to stand for council.
"I did give it very serious thought, because of the time I'm going to have to take out of my working day to do a good job and represent the community. It was a big decision for me but an easy decision in the end."
The local government elections will be held on Saturday, September 4. The Dubbo local government area will elect 10 councillors, two from each ward.
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