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Residents encouraged to stand as candidates in May 2017 council elections

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On Thursday 4th May 2017 voters in Buckinghamshire go to the polls to elect the county councillors they want to represent them for the coming four years.

Preparations for Polling Day already under way however Buckinghamshire County Council is challenging residents to consider standing as candidates.

Returning Officer Gillian Quinton said that, providing more than 120 different services for the community, county councillors played a valuable role, listening to residents, speaking up for them in debates and decision-making, and giving them the opportunity to have their say.

Whether it’s about providing for our young people, improving services for older people, making the roads better or ensuring that local businesses can thrive, councillors make a big difference to life in the county,‘ says Gillian.

They’re pivotal in ensuring public money is spent wisely and making decisions that are best for the county, and in doing so they help to make Buckinghamshire a great place to live and work.

As well as a programme of training councillors get IT equipment, regular briefings and professional advice and are entitled to a set level of allowances.

Further information on how to become a candidate for the county elections can be found at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/be-a-county-councillor. Nomination packs are available from local district councils and include details on how to complete and return the nomination forms.

A short video featuring current Members talking about their experiences as county councillors as well as offer advice can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8zt3_FcaEk.

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