Open Letter to All Candidates

August 17, 2012 in Editorial

Here is a copy of a letter that we have just emailed out to candidate who have provided email addresses:


Dear Candidate

I’m writing to invite you to participate in a new Sutherland Shire community initiative.

Your candidate profile for the Sutherland Shire election can be seen at:

This profile is based on your publicly available Candidate Information Sheet and where available, other public information.

Sadly, many candidates have not provided much information at all.

We invite you to expand on your profile and add more information about your candidacy. That is as simple as sending a reply email that includes the additional information.

Consider this to be like a job interview where you are requested to provide a detailed Résumé / Curriculum Vitae and the constituents are the selection panel.

If you have a website, twitter account or Facebook page, we’d be happy to add those links too.

I’m Brendan FitzPatrick, Editor of ShireWeb – a local business owner, dad, political observer and community enthusiast and volunteer.

I grew up in Caringbah, went to school in Caringbah and Cronulla and I’m now paying off a house in Kirrawee.

I can be contacted at:

The motivation for putting this site together was my frustration at the lack of information available anywhere else, about the people who are running for Council.

The ShireWeb website is purely about citizen journalism in action – I have no alliance or affiliation with any political party.

This website is not about trying to convince people who they should vote for – it is about empowering the constituency of the Sutherland Shire with accurate and up-to-date information about the candidates that will then guide their decisions.

My attitude to politicians is this: You’re asking people to vote for you – if you want the job serving and representing the community, convince us that you’ll do it well!

In coming weeks, we’re inviting residents to pose questions, and any candidate who wants to join the conversation to deliver answers, so that people can make an informed choice.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brendan FitzPatrick