Kwale County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa has declared that he will vie for the county's governorship in the 2017 elections.
He announced that he would challenge Governor Salim Mvurya, whom he accused of failing to implement development pledges he made to residents.
“I have decided to go public because people have been looking for a candidate who can take over the position,” he told journalists in his office in Kwale Town on Tuesday.
Mr Ruwa said his bid has the support of members of the county assembly (MCAs).
Mr Ruwa held a closed-door meeting with the MCAs before addressing journalists.
He said he assured the MCAs that he would be able to discharge his duties as Speaker even has he campaigns to unseat the governor.
Kenya’s envoy to Tanzania, Mr Chirau Mwakwere, is also said to be eyeing the governor’s seat.
Others who have shown interest in the seat are Mr Mohammed Mwarapayo and Gereza Dena.