This is a call for candidates to stand for the Green Party at the next elections to Parliament and to councils in Oxfordshire.
We need more Green councillors in Oxfordshire. Could you follow in the footsteps of our 4 Green Party councillors in Oxford, and stand for election? You could improve the quality of our councils by representing the people and views that the governing parties ignore.
Or you could help organise events and campaigns in your ward. Could you get local people to come out and join the campaign?
In May 2018 there will be elections for Oxford City and Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district councils. Then in 2019 there are all out elections for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse district councils. And there could be a General Election to Parliament even before this parliament ends in 2022.
We need candidates to start right now, preparing for the elections in May 2018 and 2019. Voters like to vote for people they have heard from over time, rather than those who just turn up in the last few weeks.
We are arranging meets the councillors sessions, where you can find out what Green city, town and parish councillors do and how they got elected. To find out more, fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
What you need to do to stand as a candidate
Do you want to win, or just to stand? If you just want to give people in your area a chance to vote Green, rather than being forced to vote for a worse party, you just need to get your name on the ballot paper. On the other hand, if you want to help people as an elected councillor, you need to run a serious campaign as a candidate in a target seat.
There are places where we cannot win in the next election. It takes time to grow the Green Party in a ward until there are enough local supporters to run a campaign to win. In those areas we need a candidate to stand, while a ward organiser can run a few events and campaigns on local issues until the Green Party and the candidate are better known.
All you need to do as a non-target candidate is:
- Get nominated. You need to get 10 voters in your ward to sign a form saying they think you should be allowed to stand. They don't need to vote for you, or be Green supporters. They can be friends, family, or just neighbours.
- Supply a photograph suitable for the web site and the Oxford Times.
- Write a short election statement for the web site. A bit about yourself, and a bit about what you would do if elected.
If you are interested, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
There are a number of seats where we have won, or came close to winning in the past. If you don't know what a councillor does, take at look at this councillor role description.
Obviously, such a campaign needs more work than just getting nominated. Candidates are expected to take an active role in their election campaign, including:
- building a campaign team, including a campaign manager, and senior roles to manage volunteers, publicity, data and fundraising,
- producing a campaign plan,
- talking to hundreds of voters on the doorstep and at other events,
- taking part in campaign team decisions, including campaign messages,
- responding to voters questions and concerns.
Candidates selected for target seats who commit to work hard enough to win will get support from the Oxfordshire Green Party, including guidance, opportunities for training and mentoring, technical support and funding.
We are committed to supporting people stand for election. If you have support needs to allow you to stand for election—from childcare to disability support needs—please discuss these with us soon so we can arrange support. Being in the Green Party means we are committed to work as a team, no one has to do anything alone, we will find a way to help in any aspect of campaigning and when people become Councillors.
If you are at all interested in standing as a candidate, or helping organise a campaign for a candidate, please complete the form below, and I will get back to you with more details.
We will be issuing another call for Parliamentary candidates, who will be required to complete a questionnaire on their suitability as a candidate, with hustings in May.
If you want any more information on what is involved in standing as candidate, please contact the Elections Co-ordinator, David Newman.