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Ever thought of becoming a County Councillor?

John Freeman
Have you ever wanted to really get involved with the way services are provided in your community?

Becoming a County Councillor would allow you to have a major influence in your community, and a special event organised by Lancashire County Council will help you to find out more.

The county council is hosting an information evening for people who are thinking about standing for election as a county councillor.

Voters will go to the polls in May 2013, to choose their county councillors.

This information evening is open to everyone to find out about the process of standing for election.
It takes place at County Hall in Preston on Wednesday 28 November, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Free parking is ava! ilable on the Arthur Street car park after 5.00pm.

There will be presentations by the County's Chief Executive, council and district elections officers. This will be followed by opportunities to speak informally to officers about the day-to-day work of a councillor.

Prospective candidates will have an opportunity to find out more about the work of councillors, the support that is available and ask questions about the election process.

"Most people could stand as a county councillor," says Phil Halsall, chief executive of the county council. "You don’t need to be from a certain background or have any specific experience. It’s more important to be passionate about helping your local community.

"If you're interested in finding out more about putting yourself forward for election, our information evening will help you to find out more."

You don't have to belong to or represent a political party to stand in the election! s. You can stand as an independent candidate or choose not to have any description.

Many political parties have their own selection processes. It's recommended that people check with the political party if they are thinking of standing as their candidate.

• To book your place at the event and for further information, visit You can also call Catherine Earnshaw on 01772 533306.