The Liberal Democrat party has chosen parliamentary candidates to run in the two Northampton seats in the 2015 election.
Former teacher Angela Patterson, of East Hunsbury, will run for Northampton North, currently held by Conservative Michael Ellis, following a ballot of members in the county.
In Northampton South, business owner Sadik Chaudhury of Ecton Brook, was chosen to contest the constituency, which Conservative Brian Binley has held since 2005.
Mrs Patterson worked in secondary school teaching before moving into computing. In recent years she has taken time out of employment to have children and gain a degree.
She said: “Living in Northampton means we have a genuine sense of the issues residents experience.
“In the north and the south, Northampton can do better than career politicians who are more interested in their own career than the good of our town.”
Mr Chaudury, a former Northampton borough councillor for the Talavera ward is a business owner who has been involved with fundraising for a number of organisations and supported a program to engage young people with the community through football.
He is a trustee of a local mosque, and a former executive member of the Northampton Bangladeshi Association.
“We have a real stake in the town’s future” he said. “Because it’s our home too.”
A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats said: “We believe the town deserves better than the endless swing between red and blue career politicians, many of whom are parachuted in from other parts of the country.
“Northampton needs a strong voice for our town – not just another voice for the government of the day.”