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Interested in becoming a local councillor?

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All 82 councillor seats for Dorset Council are up for election on 2 May this year.

We need people with the background and experience that reflects their community to put themselves forward.

As a councillor you will play a vital role in shaping local services and make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with.

The main requirement for being a councillor is that you care about the local community, that you can bring energy, passion and have a real desire and commitment to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. 

Many candidates stand as a member of a political party, but you do not need to be a member of a political party and you do not need to be aligned to one of the existing political groups on the council in order to stand for election.

Neither do you need any special qualifications. Your life experience, everyday skills, passion and commitment to people and communities is what matters. A comprehensive induction programme is provided to all councillors, and training and development opportunities are offered throughout the council term.

Each councillor has their own reasons for running, but the role offers the chance to make a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your local area.

Deadline for nomination papers is Friday 4pm, 5 April.

For further information please see:

information about the role of a councillor

support available to candidates and councillors  

If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Team at or call us on 01305 838299  

More information is available on our website.

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