Inverell residents will head to the polls on Saturday to vote for one of eight candidates vying to become the Member for New England.
Current federal member Barnaby Joyce is well in the running to secure his seat for another term, however voters have identified independent Adam Blakester as another popular option.
In a poll on Facebook, established by Inverell radio station 2NZ, Blakester is leading in votes just seven above Joyce.
Fellow candidates United Australia Party's Cindy Duncan, The Greens' Ton Lonergan, Australian Labor Party's Yvonne Langenberg, Julie Collins of the Christian Democrats and independents Rob Taber and Natasha Ledger hold high hopes.
Hailing from Glen Innes, Duncan is running because she believes the UAP's policies acn "help our people".
"We believe in this country and we believe in Australians. Our farmers, grain growers, sheep herders, nurses, teachers and our pensioners: we all are struggling.
"I will deliver practical solutions for our electorate. It's time to put our people and communities first," she said.
Lonergan is running to promote the Greens suite of policies that he believes will put the nation on the path to a prosperous and sustainable future.
While, Langenberg said she's realised the courage, determination and can-do attitude of people in this region is disregarded by the National Party resulting in neglect of important issues.
Collins is running because she believes the genuine needs of people, including country people is being overlooked for big city agendas.
"We need to focus on prevention as well as treatment. While we focus only on treatment the problems will not go away."
Taber believes the New England is suffering with no real plans to tackle the horrors of climate change currently being addressed by the Federal Government.
"It looks like a very dry future."
Ledger said she was running due to the electorate being underrepresented and mostly misrepresented.
"Community growth has stunted and overall vision for growth lacking by the present leadership."
Blakester said he was appalled that the best interests of the country and our electorate are being lost in a battle-zone of egos, self-interest, leadership challenges and clear conflicts-of-interest dominated by big money, mining and business.
Joyce will re-run simply because "I love my home and I want the best for it and I will fight for it."
At a recent New England Meet the Candidates forum held at the Inverell RSM Club, it was evident climate change was a huge issue for local residents.
Many of the questions directed at candidates related to their party's stance on renewable energy and the steps towards a cleaner future for Australia.