Upper Hunter by-election on May 22

Pledge: Labor candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton and NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay in Dungog on Tuesday.

Pledge: Labor candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton and NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay in Dungog on Tuesday.

Dungog roads are set to be a hot election topic when residents go to the polls next month for a by-election sparked by the resignation of Michael Johnsen who held the seat of Upper Hunter for the National Party.

Dungog mayor John Connors said it was "bitterly disappointing" the council would receive funding for one out of eight of the priority roads submitted under Round 2 of the NSW Government's Fixing Local Roads Program.

"Transport for NSW has advised that of the $6.8 million applied for under the program, Dungog Shire will only receive $924,000 for the resealing and stabilisation of three kilometres of Flat Tops Road, which requires a council contribution of $308,000 for the work to be completed," he said.

On Tuesday, NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay was in town to announce Labor has committed $5.9 million to fix seven badly damaged Dungog roads she said the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government has neglected and ignored.

Ms McKay said the government has completely overlooked the Dungog community and surrounds when it comes to road maintenance and safety.

"The people of Dungog deserve good road infrastructure and the council must receive critical funding support from the NSW Government to ensure local jobs are preserved," she said.

"Dungog is the only NSW council without a road maintained by the state.

"This means it's most exposed to job losses and most in need of funding."

Ms McKay visited Dungog with the NSW Labor candidate Jeff Drayton and the Shadow Minister for Roads John Graham.

Mr Drayton said Dungog's roads "are a mess".

"They're the worst in the state and the government has largely ignored the council's call for help."

While nominations for candidates continue to roll in, the Dungog Shire already has two residents who have thrown their hat into the political ring.

Former Dungog mayor Tracy Norman resigned from Dungog Council to run as an independent and the Nationals selected Clarence Town construction manager David Layzell as its candidate.

Other candidates to nominate for the May 22 by-election include Sue Gilroy for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party; Dale McNamara for One Nation; Sue Abbott for The Greens, Eva Pears for Liberal Democrats and Kate Fraser as an independent.