Ms Pavey, who is the current Minister for Water, Property and Housing, confirmed her candidacy to Sky News Australia hours after Mr Barilaro called time on his political career on Monday morning.
“I would like to be leader of the Nationals and that’s why I’ve come on your program this morning, I’ve made it clear, I’ve been contacting colleagues, I’m the most experienced Nationals Party MP in Australia,” Ms Pavey told Laura Jayes on AM Agenda.
“I think it is time for us to have a great leader in NSW to continue the work of John Barilaro, that product differentiation, standing up for the regions, and fighting for it and it just so happens I’m a woman as well.
“It’s just about continuing to strive for our fair share, continuing to address the housing issues we’ve got now in regional NSW.”
‘You don’t rule anything out’: Nationals MP open to leadership role
Ms Pavey has been in state parliament since 2002, first as a member of the Legislative Council before moving to the Legislative Assembly.
She won the seat of Oxley, on the NSW Mid-North Coast, in 2015 following the resignation of former Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.  
If successful in her leadership bid, Ms Pavey would become NSW’s second female Deputy Premier, after Labor’s Carmel Tebbutt. 
Mr Barilaro, who served as Deputy Premier since November 2016, confirmed his resignation in a statement on Monday morning, just days after Gladys Berejiklian revealed she would step down as Premier.
“As we emerge from lockdown, we must embrace this time as a new beginning for our State, and welcome the opportunity it presents for a refresh,” he said.
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“I have decided now is the right time for me to hand the reins over to new leadership, and resign as Deputy Premier of NSW.
“Serving as Deputy Premier of NSW, as Leader of the NSW Nationals and as the Member for Monaro has been the honour and privilege of a lifetime.”
The NSW Nationals will meet on Wednesday to elect a new leader who also becomes Deputy Premier under the Coalition arrangement.   
Current Nationals Deputy Leader and Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole, is also considering his leadership options.  
“I’ve been proud to work alongside John since we were elected together in 2011 and over the past three years as his deputy, and seen the passion and ferocity he’s thrown into every day,” Mr Toole said. 
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“Over the next 24 hours I’ll consider how best I can serve our party and the people of NSW in this next period to build upon the foundations that he’s laid.” 
Legislative Council member and Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Bronnie Taylor, said she has not ruled out an opportunity to run as either deputy or leader.
“I said in the Upper House the option for me to be leader is not there but the option for me to run as deputy leader would be,” she told Sky News Australia. 
“What happens beyond that with the seat of Monaro, with the leadership team, is a matter for my colleagues – I owe them that respect to discuss that with them before I discuss that publicly.”
Ms Taylor added: “You don’t rule anything out”.
Mr Barilaro is third Coalition MP to resign in recent days, along with Ms Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

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