Peter Schwarz will represent the Nationals at this year's Victorian state election after a Shepparton community preselection initiative was held today.
Mr Schwarz secured 52.9 per cent of the vote after preferences.
The community preselection put the community in control of choosing not only who represents them, but who stands as a candidate.
Mr Schwarz had been up against fellow nominees Daniel Watson and Peter Shields.
Mr Schwarz grew up in Shepparton, attending Wilmot Rd Primary and Shepparton High School.
After working in other states and overseas, he has lived for 23 years with his wife Catherine and family on an irrigation property north of Shepparton.
Mr Schwarz has held senior roles in agricultural leadership at local, state and federal level.
His experience includes boards and committees with a particular focus on agriculture, irrigation and Landcare.
Last month, State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed declared she would run again for the seat at the November election.
Ms Sheed secured the electorate in 2014, in a seat that had been held by the Nationals for 47 years.
Shepparton businesswoman and community advocate Cheryl Hammer will contest the seat for the Liberal Party.
Ms Hammer currently works as the executive officer for the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, and was previously the chief executive of the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
She will be the first Liberal candidate to contest the seat of Shepparton since 2006.