With just 38 days until the state election the Labor Party is yet to name a candidate for the seat of Stuart.
The seat is currently held by Liberal Party member Dan van Holst Pellekaan.Premier Jay Weatherill said a decision would be made shortly.
"You will have one very soon," he said during his visit to Port Augusta on Saturday.
"There will be a quality candidate for the seat of Stuart because we want to send the clearest message that we have very important plans for the future of our regions.
"The ALP state office said a candidate would be finalised today or tomorrow.Despite not having a local candidate, Mr Weatherill was quick to spruik the Labor party's commitment to the region.
"The Liberal Party is offering an extra $1 million for the PATS scheme, where as we are offering an extra $2.5 million per annum," he said.
"A clear point of difference between Labor and Liberal on a critical issue of health and well being.
"Local mayor Sam Johnson said he was surprised that the ALP was leaving it this late.
"I am [surprised], and concerned," he said.
"This is concerning for ALP supporters and those wishing to pledge support behind a Weatherill/Farrell government."
"At present they have no choice or way to support them in the House of Assembly."
Mr Johnson said because of the lack of candidates, Port Augusta could miss out on government funding.
"Perhaps we will see candidates from other parties," he said.
"I fear of being in a seat that is not marginal, as it tends to lose out on some dollars.
"The deadline for candidate nominations is Monday, February 24.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.