How do I become a councillor in Herefordshire?

To become a councillor you have to stand at local elections and compete with other candidates to gain the most votes from the local electorate.

Local elections for Herefordshire Council and all parish councils in Herefordshire took place on Thursday 4 May 2023.

The local election process begins when a notice of election is published.

Once you have decided to stand for election, you need to be proposed and seconded by two local people, to support your nomination.

You can ask for full details of the electoral process and ask for a nomination pack from our election pages or by contacting:

You do not have to belong to or represent a political party to stand in the elections. You can stand as an independent candidate or choose not to have a description to your name. If you wish to represent a political party it must be one of the parties registered with the Electoral Commission.

If you choose to stand for a party you will need to go through their selection process before you can be put forward as their candidate.