Become a county councillor

Consider becoming a councillor if you want to make a difference to your community.

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.
Find out more about becoming a county councillor (external link)

For further information you can:

  • come along to one of the events we are holding around the county in the run up to the 2021 election. The first of which is taking place in Horsham on Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Numbers for this event are limited to 65, so those wishing to attend will need to register in advance through the online booking system.
  • find out more on the GOV.UK website (whether you wish to represent a political party or stand as an independent)
  • 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
  • read the weekly blog written by the Leader of the County Council to get a flavour of some of the varied services for which the County Council is responsible
  • go along to your County Local Committee meeting to see current county councillors in action, ask questions or talk with them.
 
Last updated:
1 August 2019
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