INDEPENDENT City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas will vie for a seat in State Parliament after launching her own political party.
In a bid to represent small businesses at a state level, the second-term councillor has formed the Small Business Matters party.
The party will seek NSW Legislative Council seats at the next election in 2019.
Cr Vithoulkas was re-elected at last September’s local government election as an independent under her Sydney Matters banner. Should Cr Vithoulkas be elected, she would not be required to step down from her position on the council and could see out the term.
This is the second bombshell to rock the council this year following the defection of Professor Kerryn Phelps from the Clover Moore Independent Team in June.
Cr Vithoulkas said Small Business Matters aimed to represent the perspective of small businesses across NSW — a sector of the community which she said was often overlooked.