Susan Levi-Peters has been nominated as the NDP candidate in the Kent byelection.
The southeastern New Brunswick seat was left vacant following the resignation of former premier Shawn Graham.
He resigned his seat last month after a report linked him to a conflict of interest.
Levi-Peters is a former chief of Elsipogtog First Nation.
"I'm the only one that's born, bred, lives in this riding. So I think that will give me a good plus, like I said because I live here and I know the people and I know what the problems are. I feel them. I have empathy for them," she said.
"The other two candidates they aren't even from this riding and that really surprises me because I can't see us here in Kent going for someone that doesn't even live in this riding, that doesn't know what we face in our community and when I say community I mean the whole riding."
Levi-Peters will be up against Liberal Leader Brian Gallant and Conservative candidate Jimmy Bourque.
The election will be held on April 15.
If elected Levi-Peters would hold the NDP's only seat in the New Brunswick legislature.
This will be her second attempt to win a seat for the NDP in the riding.
Levi-Peters polled 1,040 votes in 2010 against Graham's 3,817 and Progressive-Conservative Bruce Hickey's 1,822 votes.