Tracie Sonda was a local councillor, who ran once for parliament. As an Independent candidate she was elected to the Sutherland Shire Council in 1999-2004 and was appointed Deputy Mayor from 1999-2000 and 2002-2004, then Mayor from 2000-2002. In 2003 she unsuccessfully contested the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Cronulla. Her campaign stressed family and quality of life and promised to reduce stamp duties on small business insurance if elected. Tracie Sonda was well known in her electorate, and her record as a councillor featured prominently in her campaign literature. Her achievements included major building programs at both Cronulla High School and Burraneer Bay Public School, and the remediation of drainage problems at the Sylvania Waters Athletic Track. Tracie works as a Child care centre operator.
Sources used to compile this entry: Ephemera on NSW State and local elections, Box 12, Mitchell Library collection, State Library of NSW, Sydney; http://hazelhurst.com.au/ssc/home.nsf (accessed 10 July 2005).