AS a fourth-generation Warwick resident, John Wode said he has what it takes to help lead the region.
Mr Wode said work and family commitments - including his wife of 33 years and their three children - kept him from running previously.
But after his role in the IT industry - in which he has worked for three decades - started to wind down he decided the time was right.
Amalgamation, rates and communication were just some of the issues Mr Wode said he thought needed addressing.
Mr Wode said he thought the community was better served before amalgamation.
"Should the State Government decide to allow de-amalgamation I hope that it is a choice this time to enable council to weigh up the cost versus benefits."
But he said he did not support divisional voting.
He said while he realised state-controlled roads were not the council's domain, he would lobby the Queensland Government for improvements at places such as the Eight Mile.
He said communication between the council and the public was another issue on his radar, as was finding alternative payment methods to ease the financial burden of rates.
"Cost savings wherever possible without jeopardising quality," he said. "I can be contacted on 0427 761 870 to answer any questions."