How do I become a councillor?

What matters to you in your local area?

Is it the state of the local park, the need for more activities for young people, improving services for older people, making the roads safer or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?

Whatever needs changing in your neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to quality of life for people in your local area.

How do I become a councillor in Newark and Sherwood?

There are currently 39 Councillors within Newark and Sherwood District Council. 

District elections take place every 4 years.  Sometimes a vacancy arises in the intervening period and details are publicised as and when this occurs.

Qualifications may vary dependent on the type of election you stand for, but generically you need to be:

  • 18 or over
  • A British, Commonwealth or European citizen
  • Registered on the Electoral Register for the area you wish to represent

In order to stand for election, a candidate for a district or county council must submit a nomination paper signed by ten electors for the electoral area (ward or division) by the statutory deadline and in the required form, together with a candidate's consent to nomination.

Further information can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

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