Get involved – get elected!

Do you want to make a difference in your community? If you would like to help make decisions about how local services are provided and help to improve the quality of life in Kent, why not become a councillor?

KCC provides a wide range of services, such as Education, Social Services, Libraries, Highways, Street Lighting, Trading Standards and Waste Disposal.

As a county councillor you will make key decisions on these services that touch the lives of everyone who lives and works in Kent.

To encourage more people to consider becoming a councillor, KCC is organising an open day at County Hall in Maidstone on Saturday 18th October which will mark the end of Local Democracy Week.

KCC Liberal Democrat Group Leader Trudy Dean says “Democracy Week is a unique opportunity to remind ourselves of the benefits of our representational system of democracy. I certainly hope that by promoting our democratic traditions that it may encourage more people from all backgrounds to become engaged and to get involved”

Kent county councillors come from a variety of backgrounds. You don't have to have any specific academic qualifications or have a profession. You may have gained valuable skills and knowledge through working life, personal or community experiences.

Anyone interested in finding out more can come along and find out from serving councillors what the role involves, be taken on a tour of Sessions House and take part in a question time session with political group representatives.

The morning kicks off at 9.45 and ends with a buffet lunch at 12.15. If you would like to attend you can book a place by emailing [email protected]


Notes to editors;

If you wish to stand for Election you must be:

• A British citizen, a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or of another European Union State.

• 18 years of age or older

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications on the day they are nominated and on polling day

• You are registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand

• You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated

• Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the local authority area

• You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the last 12 months

You cannot stand as a Councillor if:

• In the last 5 years you have been in prison or on a suspended sentence for 3 months or more

• you have been declared bankrupt

• you are an employee of Kent County Council

• you have been disqualified.

To stand as a candidate you have to be nominated by the following:

• two electors on the electoral division (as your proposer and seconder); and

• eight other electors (supporting your nomination)

You do not have to be a member of a political party to stand as a candidate

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