Preselected Nationals candidate Anne Webster has vowed to change the image of politicians following a string of scandals in the party.
The Nationals preselected candidate to replace disgraced MP Andrew Broad wants to see respect and dignity restored in politics.
Anne Webster was preselected on Saturday for the seat of Mallee, which will not be contested by Mr Broad following allegations of inappropriate conduct during an official government trip overseas.
"I would like to see that respect and dignity are part of the hallmarks of politicians as opposed to some of the behaviour which really doesn't impress the electorate," Dr Webster told AAP on Sunday.
"It's the behaviour of some - and it's a minority let's face it - a minority of people, that gives politicians a bad name."
The 59-year-old is promising to take up the fight for regional Victorians in a respectful way after being selected from a field of six candidates at a party meeting in Birchip.
"I believe that most politicians go into politics because they do want to make a difference for their communities and I feel passionate about it myself or I wouldn't be standing," she said.
"I think its a bit of a heavy weight in some ways to realise the image and the integrity of politicians needs to be upheld and needs to be respected."
Dr Webster, who has a PhD in sociology, is the founder of Zoe Support, a not-for-profit organisation that helps young mothers take up study and training.
She has lived in her electorate for 41 years, is married to a local GP and has three children and six grandchildren.
Dr Webster believes the people of Mallee will overlook Mr Broad's behaviour and vote on the party's track record of delivering for regional areas.
"We should be elected on the merit of the party values that is essential and I believe that the Mallee still values those conservative proponents of the party," she said.
"I know there is a lot of talk about needing to update and progress and modernise - well yes - but at the same time it doesn't change our fundamental core values and I absolutely adhere to those."
Senior Nationals pushed for a woman to be preselected for the Victorian seat after Broad announced he would not recontest the next election.
In December it was revealed by New Idea magazine that the married MP had met up with a woman 20 years his junior while on a work trip to Hong Kong, after they had connected on a "sugar baby" dating website.
Broad holds the seat of Mallee with a comfortable margin of more than 20 per cent but that might not be enough to retain the seat, according to senior National Darren Chester.
"There's no such thing as a safe seat anywhere in Australia these days," he told ABC on Sunday.
Mr Chester dismissed suggestions high-profile former government staffer Peta Credlin could run for the seat for the Liberal party.
"It's a long way from the Mallee to Sydney, mate. She doesn't live in the seat."