Maddison Smith's passion for the Wagga region was taken to new heights when she was named Community Princess, now she is funneling that devotion into her council election campaign.
The 28-year-old is running as the second name on the Community First ticket, which is being led by councillor Dallas Tout.
Born and raised in Wagga, the bookkeeper has been involved with various local charities and community groups over the years, including helping organise the Cancer Council's Relay for Life and serving as the treasurer for Wagga Carevan.
If elected, Ms Smith is hoping to provide representation for women and youth in local government and help bring Wagga events to another level.
The Riverina Anglican College graduate said she has been passionate about making Wagga a more attractive region since her childhood but that this desire was multiplied through her Miss Wagga Quest campaign.
"Over the course of the campaign I was invited along to a lot of charity events around town and also a lot of community and council events which usually I never would have been able to attend," Ms Smith said.
"Being able to interact with all those different parts of the community and see all these new things was really interesting and it made me even more passionate about this region and all the people in it."
After being named Community Princess in 2018, Ms Smith got the chance to travel to Wagga's sister city Leavenworth in the United States and said the hospitality shown during the trip is something she'd love to recreate in Wagga.
"They treated us so well in Leavenworth and it was just such an incredible experience which really showed me how important it is to have these relationships with other cities around the world," she said.
If elected, Ms Smith said being a young female would help her provide a unique perspective to issues across the region to contrast with the current councillors.
"I'm really campaigning to help provide that young female voice on council because I'm very passionate about having a woman in there who can be heard and not just the older, male dominated council we currently have," she said.
"Young women face different issues and can see things in a different way sometimes and being able to bring that perspective to council is definitely my push."
She'd also like to push for the events in Wagga to be improved and opened up to more people.
"There's definitely things we can do to make our events bigger and better," Ms Smith said.
"Events like Lost Lanes are amazing for Wagga and they're really fun but I think we could show them off more and really expand the number of people who attend them."
In the lead up to this year's election, The Daily Advertiser has profiled the candidates looking to secure a spot on Wagga City Council.
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