Dragon Den businessman Gavin Duffy successfully won his fourth nomination at a special meeting in Waterford.
Waterford City and County Council gave him their backing this afternoon. He has now met the required quota of four councils.
Half of the elected councillors turned out in Dungarvan to hear from candidates including Journalist Gemma O’Doherty, Marilyn Monroe impersonator Sarah Louise Mulligan, fellow Dragon Peter Casey and John O’Hare who just entered the race.
Artist Kevin Sharkey withdrew beforehand. Sean Gallagher addressed the meeting, but did not seek nomination.
Both Mr Duffy and Ms O’Doherty were put forward by councillors. However, Mr Duffy won by 14 votes to two.