It might be the first time James Lawson has dipped his toes into the political pool but the East Maitland local is ready to tackle the electorate's big issues.
Mr Lawson will represent newly formed Keep Sydney Open, and has even snagged the top spot on Maitland's ballot paper.
The 21-year-old said he is looking forward to the election and wanted to challenge perceptions on young people entering politics.
"It's my first time running … I'm here for the experience but I don't think it will be my last time running," he said.
"I'm just trying to stand up and make a difference."
Keep Sydney Open began as a protest against lockout laws introduced in the inner city in 2014.
The movement has grown to more than 60,000 supporters over the past five years, culminating in a political party being formed ahead of this year's state election.
Mr Lawson has a jam-packed agenda for Maitland including advocating for pill testing at the festival, road improvements and the city's school bus seat shortage.
The candidate said he was a "big advocate for pill testing", especially with popular music festival Groovin The Moo held in Maitland.
"The deaths that have happened in NSW at music festivals have been a tragedy. We haven't had any deaths in Maitland but we have had a few close calls," he said.
"We should be able to have it here in Maitland so we can prevent anything from happening.
"Music festivals are a billion dollar industry in NSW because it's not just about the musicians. There's so many different industries involved in a music festival."
He said a state representative also needed to look at the larger picture in planning the city's road and infrastructure including public transport.
"I'm aspiring to become a teacher so I believe that you can't compromise kids safety. I don't think anything more can be said," Mr Lawson added.
The NSW election will take place on March 23.
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