BANANA Shire ratepayers now have a choice when it comes to electing a mayor in March.
On Thursday, December 15 well known Goovigen grazier Ron Carige announced his intention to run for the shire's top job.
Mr Carige said he had been talking with people across the shire over the past few weeks and thought the time was right to make his nomination public.
"At this stage, I don't want go into any discussion about policies or the platform I will be standing on," Mr Carige said.
"But I do want the public to know that I will be running.
"Early in the new year we will start up our campaign."
Mr Carige has strong ties to the Banana Shire and operates a cattle finishing operation at Goovigen.
He is a fourth generation descendant of one of the oldest pioneering families still represented in the Banana Shire, with family roots going back to Taroom, Dululu, Goovigen and Biloela.
Mr Carige is also remembered for his sporting achievements in Banana Shire, playing rugby league for Penrith in Sydney and Redcliffe in Brisbane.
Mr Carige has been a strong advocate for rural issues and enjoyed a successful career in agri-politics, which saw him elected as vice-president of AgForce Queensland.
The first AgForce branch in Queensland at Biloela was formed by Mr Carige and he played a major role in bringing the AgForce State Conference to Banana Shire.
Mr Carige is the second person to throw their hat into the ring for the mayor's position, with incumbent mayor John Hooper stating in November he would be seeking re-election.