Find out how to become a county councillor in Sussex

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Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people who want make a difference in the community to consider standing for election as a County Councillor.

West Sussex County Council elections are being held on Thursday 2 May. Mid Sussex District Council runs all elections in the Mid Sussex area and is holding a briefing on Thursday 7 March at 6pm to provide information to anyone who is considering standing for election as a County Councillor.

The evening briefing will be held in the Mid Sussex District Council Chamber in Haywards Heath and is open to all prospective candidates and electoral agents. The Mid Sussex Returning Officer and elections staff will be on hand during the evening to talk through the election arrangements, distribute nomination packs and answer any questions.

“Local councillors represent the views of local people and make sure that the interests of the community are taken into account,” said Tom Clark, Returning Officer for Mid Sussex.

“If you are concerned about your local area and want to ensure that the community get the right services then being a Councillor could be the perfect role for you.

“You don’t have to be affiliated to a political party; politically neutral candidates can simply stand as an independent. All that is needed is a desire to make a difference and help to shape the future of the local community. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, come along to our evening briefing to find out more.”

Those looking for more information should read ‘Be a Councillor’, an online brochure produced by the Local Government Association. The electronic guide explains what councillors do, how councils work and what is expected of a councillor. There are answers to a range of frequently asked questions and other local Councillors explain why they chose to represent their local community. Prospective candidates can download the brochure at www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections.

Anybody living in West Sussex is eligible to stand for election in the 12 County Council divisions within the Mid Sussex area and candidates are not required to pay a deposit.

However, anyone who intends to stand on behalf of a political party would need to be authorised by that party.

For more information about the County Council election briefing call the Mid Sussex District Council elections team on 01444 477003 or email elections@midsussex.gov.uk.