Indi hopeful Helen Haines is banking on an independent hat-trick as she attempts to take the baton from retiring MP Cathy McGowan in Victoria's northeast.
Two-term independent Ms McGowan - who ejected long-serving Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella in 2013 - has thrown her formidable grassroots campaign team behind Dr Haines, a nurse, midwife and rural health researcher.
Chosen by about 200 McGowan supporters from the group Voices 4 Indi, Dr Haines aims to become the first independent to succeed another in a federal election.
Her main challengers are engineer and Liberal candidate Steve Martin and Nationals pick Mark Byatt, a tourism and development figure in the region. Labor has pre-selected former Wodonga councillor Eric Kerr.
"We need intelligent women. We need rural women. We need people from the communities to speak up and say 'Canberra, we want better than what we're seeing'," Dr Haines said after being chosen as Ms McGowan's successor in January.
Rural Indi, which takes in the towns of Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla, was once considered safe Liberal territory, held by conservatives for 82 years since 1931.
Ms Mirabella, then going under the surname Panopoulos, inherited it from the party's retiring Lou Lieberman in 2001.
After Ms McGowan's first term, Ms Mirabella tried to win the seat back in 2016 but instead the independent's margin increased to 4.8 per cent.
"Independents do get things done and any time any one of you says the opposite, the people of rural and regional Australia will remember these words," the departing MP said in her valedictory speech to parliament earlier this year.
"Independents deliver. Marginal seats matter."
Dr Haines will be hoping voters still think so.