All councils are led by democratically-elected councillors who set the vision and direction and represent their local community.
County Council elections are held every four years, with the next elections in May 2021 when all the West Sussex seats will be up for election.
By-elections can be held at any time between scheduled elections, usually if a member resigns or dies.
Use the link below to:
- find out what being a councillor means
- see whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor
- hear current county councillors talking about their experience
- find answers to many other questions you may have about the elections and what the role entails.
For further information you can:
- find out more on the GOV.UK website (whether you wish to represent a political party or stand as an independent)
- take a look at the councillor (member) generic job description and the different roles undertaken by councillors. You may also wish to view our information on fulfilling the member (councillor) role
- find general information about council meetings, including the times we hold our meetings and which days of the week and information about virtual meetings
- To find out about councillor training and development, please see our Member Development Strategy
- see which county councillor represents your area
- consider how the County Council is arranged in divisions
- watch a webcast of one of the meetings attended by some of our county councillors.
You may also like to know that for those standing for election as a County Councillor in May 2021, a virtual candidates event is taking place on Tuesday 23 February 2021 starting at 6.00pm; you will need to register in advance.