Outgoing Whanganui mayor Annette Main is standing for the Whanganui District Health Board at the October 8 election.
Ms Main, who has completed two terms as mayor, will not seek re-election in that role, but has put her name forward for one of seven elected DHB seats.
She believes her experiences as mayor and as chair of Safer Whanganui will be put to good use on the DHB.
"As a passionate advocate for our community on a local, regional and national level, I have developed respectful and professional relationships across many sectors and can provide constructive input on decisions which affect the area covered by the health board," Ms Main said.
She said the biggest challenge for the DHB was "retaining what we have".
"Our district health board has worked hard within the constraints of funding to make sure we have the best range of services possible.
"I understand these constraints but know that the availability of high quality and accessible healthcare is an important consideration when people choose where they will live in New Zealand.
"If we want people to choose to move here, or to stay living here we need to provide the best possible service our resources allow. I fully support working with other health boards to make sure we have access to services we are unlikely to be in a position to deliver effectively on our own," Ms Main said.