Eva Baxter writes:
Councillor Angela Vithoulkas, founder of the Small Business Party and a nominee for Lord Mayor of City of Sydney in the upcoming local government elections, told City Hub small business is her natural habitat.
She has 35 years of hands on experience as a business owner and it’s the reason she got politically involved.
“It’s why I formed the Small Business political party because I knew we needed to have an organised approach to getting small business a seat at the table, so that we could make sure we have a voice and prevent the financial catastrophes that have clearly befallen us.”
Vithoulkas said politics is not like building a business or working hard in a regular job. It doesn’t follow any sense of logic, it’s not full of common sense.
Earlier this year, she decided nine years was enough, until the Clover Moore Independent Team announced that they would have a super eight majority at the election. She decided to run again in the name of keeping council diverse, and so there was somebody there to represent small business in the wake of COVID.
“It became apparent with the way that COVID affected the businesses in the CBD in particular, and they’re still suffering, that they had no voice at a local or state level and I needed to be there to keep trying to help them in any way that I could.”