HE MIGHT not be the first name into the preselection box but Adam Marshall was the first to put up his hand yesterday to confirm he's a runner in the race for the byelection in Northern Tablelands.
The former Gunnedah mayor and now Armidale university student and casual schools media officer is definitely running to win the Nationals place in the in the poll for the state seat.
He is the first declared candidate for The Nationals preselection race. Nominations open on Friday and will close on April 5 with the electorate meeting set down for Armidale on April 20 to decide the final candidate.
The byelection date is yet to be announced and will come from the Speaker of the House in the NSW Parliament when it is decided.
Analysts expect that date to be sooner than later which might sort out prospective candidates too.