IN PUTTING up his hand again to run for a state seat, Glenn Butcher is opposing privatisation of the Port of Gladstone and aiming to fix the hospital.
Mr Butcher was formally endorsed on Tuesday to contest the state seat of Gladstone for the Australian Labor Party in the next election.
It will be Mr Butcher's second campaign, following the 2012 election where he ran against independent MP Liz Cunningham.
The president of the Port Curtis and Hinterland branch of the ALP said he considered it a huge honour.
"I look forward to working with the community ... to bring back to our region a fair percentage of what we generate through the industry we support," he said.
"There are some huge focus areas ahead, amongst them opposing privatisation of public assets including our own port and restoring our hospital to a standard that engenders community confidence."
He said he had the support of his family to "have two shots at it".
"It was always going to be hard the first time," he said.