Could you follow in the footsteps of our 6 Green Party councillors in Oxford, and stand for election? You could improve the quality of our councils.
In May 2017 there will be elections for Oxfordshire County council. Then in 2018 there will be elections for the city and district councils. There may even be a snap general election.
We need candidates to start work right now, preparing for the elections in May 2017 and 2018. Voters like to vote for people they have heard from over time, rather than those who just turn up in the last few weeks.Our 2 county councillors have been leading the fight to protect the vulnerable from the savage cuts to services. With more Green Party county councillors we can make your voice heard over the complacency of both county Labour and Tories.
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: what we call a paper candidate. 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.
All you need to do as a paper 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.
In 2013, one quarter of our party members did just that for the County Council elections. 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.
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, please complete the form below, and I will get back to you with more details. Target candidates will be required to complete a questionnaire on their suitability as a candidate, and their plans for their campaign.
If you want any more information on what is involved in standing as candidate, please contact the Elections Co-ordinator, David Newman.