Andrew Constance has announced his intention to contest Liberal preselection for Gilmore again come the next Federal Election.
After losing Gilmore to Federal Member Fiona Phillips in the 2022 federal election by just 373 votes, Mr Constance plans on running for the seat once more.
The former NSW Transport Minister said he was hopeful of the future and how he still had more to do.
"I love our region, I love being a representative," Mr Constance said.
"I've done so much for this region and there is still more to do."
After the 2022 election, Gilmore became the most marginal seat in Australia.
First party preferences saw a 12.83 per cent swing to the Liberals and two candidate preferred saw a 2.44 per cent swing according the the Australian Electoral Commission Tallyroom.
Mr Constance said these figures showed how the hard work of his team and volunteers paid off. "I was very proud of our result because we were almost 7000 votes ahead on primaries," Mr Constance said. "Our community warmed to my positive reception and it showed."
However it is not as simple as announcing a run for the seat - Mr Constance must first be preselected by the Liberal Party to run as their candidate.
Mr Constance said this won't be an issue, as the former Liberal candidate believed his campaign had unified the Liberal Party in Gilmore.
"This election showed in Gilmore that I was there for the community and my positive campaign was something all party branches could get behind," he said.
"We made Gilmore the most marginal seat in the country by working together and that is something I'm proud of."
While the next Federal election is still a while away, the NSW State election is coming first next year in March, 2023.
Mr Constance said he will be supporting the Liberal candidates from the Bega electorate, right up to Kiama.
"I will definitely be out and about supporting our candidates right along the South Coast, from my old seat of Bega to Kiama," he said.
"These major investments that have happened in our state haven't happened by accident and I'm going to continue supporting the candidates who I believe will do the best job."
Between now and the next election however, Mr Constance said it was time for him to try something new - preferably in the bushfire recovery sphere.
"I want to work to ensure we never see a repeat of Black Summer again," he said.
"There is still so much pain, suffering - there is still a lot of recovery for a lot of people.
"I want to see what opportunities there are in the fire recovery space and I will work every day to make sure Black Summer is never repeated."
In the meantime, Mr Constance plans on a break to recharge his batteries.
"I think I need a break so I can come back recharged and ready to work," he said.
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