"I'm from a tiny rural area and we learn to take care of ourselves and want to take care of ourselves," she told Radio Sweden, adding that the centre-right parties need to pay as much attention to rural voters as the big cities.
Wagenius ran for election last year for the Centre Party, which has had a traditional power base in the countryside but lost heavily at the last elections.
Erik Laasko, a Social Democrat blogger and activist says the tradition of left voting in country areas and especially the north of Sweden runs deep.
"In the north you tend vote as your grandfather and father did. You talk lot of politics and you're considered to be very different if you vote for the right parties. It's a big step to change party," he said.
"And there's a lot of 'we don't want Stockholm or the European Union' so people vote left because there's no other option."
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