Emu Plains business owner, Marcus Cornish, announced this week that he will be standing as an independent candidate in the Penrith City Council elections in September.
Mr Cornish confirmed that he would be standing as an independent candidate for North Ward.
“I want to represent my community and ensure that there is a conservative voice on Council,” Mr Cornish said.
Mr Cornish, who is a member of the Penrith Branch of the Liberal Party, said he put his hat in the ring because he wants the opportunity to have a say in the future direction for Penrith City and because he feels he has the experience to make a difference.
“I have lived with my wife and children in western Sydney for over 16 years, I have raised my son and am raising my three young daughters here and I have run my business, Product Fillers Australia in Emu Plains for 12 years,” he said.
Mr Cornish said he understands the challenges faced by businesses and families in the area.
“As a local business owner, I employ seven people from the Penrith community and I know how tough things are right now,” he said.
“Responsible financial management is important and makes a difference at all levels of government, especially with the Carbon Tax to hit business and families from July 1.”