The position of Mayor of South Yorkshire is currently held by Barnsley Central MP, Dan Jarvis - who announced he would not be seeking re-election in May.
Now, Barnsley business entrepreneur Dr Simon Biltcliffe hopes to carry on the MP’s legacy.
Simon founded marketing company, Webmart, and said his focus, should he be successful, will be on the economy and the future of the region.
He said: “You need to have a thriving economy so that you can invest in people’s future, the environment and other great causes to make our community thrive.
“I’m running for Mayor because I want the whole of South Yorkshire to balance economic well-being with environmental gain and social justice - a fairer society all round.
“I’ll also be campaigning for more powerful devolution and our fair share of funding on education, transport, health employment and social care provision.
“Growing up and working in South Yorkshire, I want to use what I’ve learned in my career, charity work and environmental work to improve it for everyone here - and to spread the message that this is a great place to live in, build a business, raise a family and invest in - all with people who say “hello” to each other.
“I’m sure I can offer a lot more than someone who’s only ever been a politician.”
Simon will represent the Yorkshire Party and is so far the only confirmed candidate in next year’s election.