A year after taking Labor party leadership, self-described "farm-girl" Rebecca White could become Tasmania's second female premier.
Ms White, in her second term as an MP, was elected unopposed in March after Bryan Green stepped down.
The 34-year-old was expected to spark a surge in Labor's approval ratings which were in dire straits when the Liberal party romped to power in 2014.
According to an EMRS poll released in December, Ms White is peaking at the right time.
Her popular support is at 48 per cent compared to Premier Will Hodgman's 35 per cent, as the two major parties' primary vote sits neck-and-neck at 34 points.
Ms White could become the state's second woman to lead, following colleague Lara Giddings, who served a four year term from 2011.
She officially began Labor party campaigning on Sunday at the Royal Hobart Hospital, declaring health her No.1 priority.
"We know that Tasmanians want a government that is going to be honest and open with them," she said ahead of a March 3 poll.
"They want a government that will put people first."
Ms White entered politics as a party staffer but is without the union ties common among Labor MPs.
"One of the motivations I had for joining the political movement in the first place was the passion I felt about representing my community and being a voice for my community," she said in March last year after being elected party leader.
"I didn't come up through the Labor movement, through a political family or through the union movement.
"I joined this party because I believe in the values of the Labor party."
Ms White grew up on the land at Nugent, northeast of Hobart and went to a public school in Sorell before studying commerce and arts, majoring in journalism and political science.
She used her inaugural address to parliament in 2010 to outline a commitment to farming and rural and regional Tasmania.
A nod to Australian writer and World War I veteran Albert Facey's autobiography A Fortunate Life concluded her speech.
"I think we in this place could do well to replicate his attitude and keep in mind that we are indeed fortunate," she said after being elected to the lower house in the seat of Lyons.
Ms White's deep connection with kin was evident when she called for a more family-friendly parliament on the day she became Labor leader.
She took time off to have daughter Mia in 2016 and tied the knot on farmland with partner Rodney Dann in November.
Ms Giddings, who has stepped down from politics and won't contest the March 3 election, has backed her colleague to follow the trail she blazed.