One of the most interesting contests in the Sutherland Shire Council election is in C Ward, which includes Kareela, Oyster Bay, Sylvania and adjoining areas.
None of the councillors elected in 2016 is standing again, which increases the chances of this crop of candidates.
The Liberal team is led by Hassan Awada, the Labor group by Jen Armstrong and Shire Independents by Tony Robins, with another independent, Mark Preston.
Mr Awada was elected to the council in 2012 and was deputy mayor in 2016 when he was ruled ineligible to stand at the upcoming election because he had failed to change his address on the electoral rolls.
Mr Awada's family company owns and operates early learning centres at Bexley and Bardwell Valley.
Mr Awada said he wanted to "give back to the community" and his five years away from the council had made him more aware of how he could do that better.
He said the experience he had gained from his earlier period on council would mean he would "not be spending 12 to 18 months trying to work out what is going on".
Ms Armstrong received the 2016 NSW Premier's Woman of the Year award because of her work for the Beauty Bank charity she founded in the shire to meet the practical needs of victims of domestic violence.
Ms Armstrong was the Labor candidate for Miranda at the last state election, where there was a significant swing away from the party.
"The state election was a really good opportunity to speak to many people in the area," she said.
"I decided I wanted to work in the shire and so in December 2019 I started working for a leading Sutherland Shire not-for-profit organisation, promoting inclusion and equality for all.
"I love the work, and I see council as an extension of it.
"As a working mother and foster parent of three, I have seen firsthand the pressures on families."
Tony Robins, who was featured in a previous Leader report, has a background in banking and finance and is the treasurer and a 20-year member of Sylvania Heights Community & Youth Club.
Mark Preston, the other independent in C Ward, is directing preferences to Mr Robins.
Mr Preston is a long-term resident in the Sylvania area and, "based on my mother's Aboriginal culture, a proud Wonnarua Man".
He served for 27 years in NSW Fire Brigades, operated a domestic maintenance business in the area for many years and is now a maintenance manager in aged care.
Mr Preston said he was seeking to be "that local independent voice to take on the fights in council for the local people and not be driven by the major parties' policies and self-interests".
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