Austin Curtin has been unanimously elected chair of the Lismore branch of the NSW Nationals, saying he hopes to continue developing the NSW Nationals presence in the district.
Mr Curtin is well-known to Tenterfield voters after securing the majority of votes for the seat of Lismore at local polling stations in March's state election, but ultimately losing to Labor's Janelle Saffin.
He doesn't rule out, however, having another run when the elections roll around again in 2023.
"Never say never, I guess. Happy to keep all options on the table."
Mr Curtin said at this stage he's pleased to chair the Lismore branch and is looking forward to building stronger ties with his Tenterfield counterpart Terry O'Sullivan and the rest of the local branch of the Nationals.
He said he is determined to strengthen the party's grassroots support in the Northern Rivers.
"I'm excited for this next chapter in the local Nationals story.
"We ran a strong campaign leading up to the state election, and now we'll work hard to ensure our local member delivers on her promises.
"This new generation of local leadership will continue to make the Nationals a force to be reckoned with."
Jed Lisetto and Dylan Butcher were elected as vice chairmen, and Jay Gibson was elected membership development officer. With a strong Young Nationals presence in Lismore, Mr Gibson is aiming to further grow the numbers, as members become campaign volunteers at election time.
"The NSW Nationals are entering our 100th year and even though locally we may have lost the most recent state election by a narrow margin, we are by no means defeated," Mr Curtin said.