Becoming a Councillor - 2019 election

Becoming a Councillor for your local area is a rewarding opportunity for those who wish to influence local priorities and services. You really could make a difference to people's lives in becoming that advocate for your local community.

The new council will be formed on 1 April, with 59 councillors representing 36 wards. Elections to the new Council will be held on 2 May 2019.

In preparation for this Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils hosted two events which were open to anyone interested in becoming a councillor, regardless of experience.

A presentation was shown at these events see Becoming a Councillor presentation.

Criteria to be eligible to stand for election

  • A UK, EU or Commonwealth Citizen,
  • Registered to vote on the current register with the local council
  • Have either worked or lived in the council's area for one year
  • Have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the council's area for one year

Nomination pack

  • Letter District - Candidates and Agents election information
  • Nomination pack
  • Request for register form
  • Polling station list
  • District Council candidate spending return
  • Application to vote by post
  • Secrecy requirements
  • Guidance for tellers
All of the above are available to download from the related downloads on the right hand side of this page.