Indigo Citizen of the Year Alan Pleitner wants the new council to better represent the shire's smaller towns.
The Wahgunyah Progress Association member has previously pushed for the shire to have wards.
"Then we would have what I expect would be reasonable representation, rather than somebody from the other part of the shire who never comes near us dictating what happens," he said.
"They give us one hour a year in a community forum."
Mr Pleitner said improving the drainage in the town had been a long-term priority.
"One [issue] is to repair the drainage problem we have with big storms, we have water across the road, and it was decided that was only a moderate priority back in 2013," he said.
"We've had a fair increase in population and housing since then."
The main instigator of the Wahgunyah Railway Land project was asked to run for council but said he declined for personal reasons.
Nineteen candidates have nominated.
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